Former president of Ghana and leader of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) – John Dramani Mahama is pleading with the government to cut down the cost of internet during this COVID-19 era.
Speaking after donating 20,000 food items to the needy to aid them cope with the lock down, John Dramani Mahama touched on how students are unable to complete their online studies because of the high prices of data.
“This has drastically increased their expenditure on internet usage to the extent to the extent that some can no longer cope. Indeed there are reports of several students being unable to complete online lectures because their data run out. Several people are also working from home.”
As a solution, Mr. Mahama urged government to assure the telcos of a free six months extension of licenses to motivate them to reduce the cost of internet to the masses.
“This value can be applied to cushion consumers during this three-month period,” he noted
He further suggested that telcos can also be compensated with funds from the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC), “which already has the mandate to ensure universal access to telecommunication.”
“Furthermore, the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) should leverage its robust broadband infrastructure…to meet the increased demand for wireless and fixed broadband in these COVID-19 times.”
The President on the same platform called on the government to try our traditional medicine to see whether it could cure coronavirus.
He is, however, being fought by Chairman Wontumi who said former President Mahama will never rule the country again.