By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is among the least issues of concern to the Ghanaian voter, a recent National Communication for Civic Education (NCCE) survey says.
ICT with 0.3% was among the bottom five ranked issues by respondents during the NCCE’s survey on ‘Matters of Concern to the Ghanaian Voter’ survey.
The rest of the bottom five included Social Services with 2.5%, Taxes and Tariffs 2%, Housing 1.5% and Sports also with 0.3%.
Looking at the ICT and it importance to the regions, Upper West recorded 0.9% followed by Volta with 0.6%. Ashanti region and Eastern region had 0.4% each while Central region, Greater Accra and Western recorded 0.3% each respectively. Both Brong Ahafo and Upper East had 0.2% while Northern region recording the least with 0.1%.
From the NCCE survey it reveals that issues relating to ICT were of more concern to Students and Teachers/lecturers than any other group because 36.0% of students and 12.0% of Teachers/Lectures ranked ICT as an important issue. This explains the relevant role of ICT to students and teachers in their studies/work.
It also emerged that the general attitude towards ICT is that most persons in educational institutions namely students or lecturers utilize it; this underscores the fact that perhaps ICT is not taken seriously by a large segment of the society.
The survey pointed out that generally, the proportions of respondents with basic education were relatively higher across the different issues ranked with the exception of ICT where respondents with Secondary education were higher.
Speaking to analyst it’s important to note that issue of ICT will not be of concern to the voter especially when it’s an election year. This is because access to mobile phone is easy in recent times and once the voter has access to mobile phone it will be difficult for such a person to complain.
ICT will be of concern to those who use ICT services for their businesses and other activities. But even that the number of those people will not be much as compel to those who will not use the services for business purposes.