You go to other countries around the world, other jurisdictions – you see profit-making companies all doing their best to help their citizens survive these desperate times of COVID-19.
If the companies don’t want to do it, then government forces their hand. Rent and other utilities have been reduced, interest on loans suspended and numerous other similar interventions across the world.
In Ghana, our uselessly greedy companies have offered nothing of note to help citizens survive this crisis and neither has the government.
On a normal day our data charges in Ghana are ridiculously expensive. At such a time, it would be the easiest thing in the world to announce a slight data price cut without sacrificing profits but they have no interest in doing so.
Shatta Wale, who’s planning a live online concert in the coming days, has thrown out a warning to Ghanaian telcos.
Wale says they should reduce their data charges to allow his fans stream the concert, otherwise they would all use only one network – the one with the cheapest price.
“MTN, Vodafone, Airtel-tigo etc you guys for reduce your data charges for Ghanaians to be able to patronize my show on the 4th April. If no be so, I go make all my fans stream plus the one with the cheapest offer p3. I talk my own. Thank you.” he warned on Twitter.
The telcos should seriously be considering such a policy for all Ghanaians. Most people are going to be indoors using data anyway so even a cut in price shouldn’t affect revenue too much.