In this era where the Coronavirus, codenamed COVID-19 is plaguing the world, world leaders have been taking drastic measures necessary to contain the virus. One such measure is social distancing.
The Ghanaian government on Sunday 15th March 2020 issued directives for all social gatherings and other activities which bring large crowds together to be suspended. This directive has resulted in the need for people, who are now less busy and to a large extent confined to their places of abode, to find alternative means of relinquishing their boredom and most importantly, stay in constant touch with their family, friends and loved ones.
It is upon this that all well-meaning Ghanaians must call on the telecommunication networks to help in this matter.
The internet has become an important medium of communication for most Ghanaians of late. It is also known for its important distraction functionalities for many Ghanaians; which is very necessary to deal with the rising panics emerging amongst the Ghanaian populace in the wake of the now 7 recorded Corona cases. Unlike the past, the youth and even the older generation have taken to social media to release boredom.
What has become an impediment to many people is the high cost of data by these telecommunication companies. Data has become so expensive that many have resorted to switching off their data after browsing the internet for a few minutes.
For this social distancing to work effectively, MTN, Vodafone, AirtelTigo and Glo must ensure that in these trying times, the cost of data is reduced drastically for many people to get busy with the internet.
It is on this note that we beseech Ghana’s telecom giants not to be overly business minded. We know that it is in times like these that businesses try to cash in on the increasing demands for their services from their customers. Your corporate social responsibility does not solely lie on the building of schools and boreholes. Reducing your data tariff rates during times like this is also a social responsibility and must be seen as such.
Source: Gordon Asare Bediako