By Cecil Mensah
A policy think tank, Strategic Thinkers Network (STRANEC), says its research findings have revealed that mobile phone “usage” is very high among Ghanaians; representing about 97 percent of respondents interviewed during the research across the country.
STRANEC, an organization with the aim to measure the popular social and basis economic conditions in the country and to provide public opinion data to policy makers, policy advocates, and civil organizations in country announced these in its latest findings.
The policy think tank released some interesting figures about the usage of mobile phones in a recent research work made available to the press in Accra.
The report says 95 respondents used their own phones, 2 percent of respondents do not use their own mobile phone while three percent had not used a mobile phone before.
The research added that 84 percent of Ghanaians use their phones to call and 76 respondents use their mobile phones to surf the internet while 23 percent uses their phone to text.
The statement covering the research co- signed by Nii Tettey Tetteh, Executive Member and Mr. Charles Kwadade also an Executive Member of STRANEC said 55 percent of the respondents use their mobile phone for mobile money services.
In the area of water supply, the research said 62 percent of people across country receive water in their homes, while38 percent receive water outside their homes.
On jobs, the research indicated that 51 percent of respondents have full time jobs with 10 percent being part-time workers.
And minority of the respondents representing 38 percent are still looking for new jobs across the country the report added.
The report further said 99 percent of Ghanaians own a radio station and 76 percent also owns television set.
The report maintained that majority of Ghanaians interviewed by the researchers described the economic conditions as bad representing 54 percent and 46 percent thinks otherwise.
Between the year, 2013 to 2015 there was an increase in negative perception about the country’s economy due to the free fall of the Cedi, higher cost of production due to the power crisis popularly called ‘Dumsor, Dumsor’ the report revealed
There is a 56 percent increase in terms of negative perception, 39 percent decline in positive perception over the same period.
The report highlighted that majority of Ghanaians assessed their personal living conditions as bad representing 51 percent due to high cost of living( high prices of food stuff, transportation)
49 percent assessed their standard of living as good due to the good standard of roads, healthcare delivery particularly the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) the report said.