Sad Ghanaians declare Feb 8 ‘No Calls Day’ over SIM card registration

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Concerned Mobile Network Subscribers, a group of prominent Ghanaian figures, have announced their intention to boycott the ongoing SIM card re-registration operation.

They are willing to risk losing their SIM cards, according to them, and have scheduled a statewide demonstration for Tuesday, February 8, called “No Calls Day.”

They added, “any attempt to impose this [SIM card re-registration] on subscribers or block their lines would amount to an infringement of their property rights.”

“On that day, we call on all Ghanaians not to make or receive phone calls as a way of registering our disquiet about the circus surrounding the SIM card re-registration exercise,” they announced in a release dated January 13, 2022.

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The group includes a former Kumbungu Member of Parliament, Ras Mubarak; Dean of UG’s School of Law, Prof. Raymond Atuguba; President and Vice President of IMANI-Africa – Franklin Cudjoe and Kofi Bentil; Private Legal Practitioner, Samson Lardi Anyenini, and Investigative Journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni.

“The ‘No Calls Day’ boycott on 8th February would be the first in a series of national boycotts to protest the current inhumane process of re-registration of SIM cards.”

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“There is no law in Ghana that requires Ghanaian mobile network subscribers to “re-register” their SIM cards,” they argued.

Below are their demands:

The National Communication Authority (NCA) should reverse its March 31, 2022 deadline for mobile network consumers to re-register their SIM cards.

When the proper legal structure is in place, re-registration can be completed without having subscribers waste valuable time and days waiting in long lines in the midst of a Covid-19 outbreak.

It’s understandable that there’s a desire to eradicate crime. However, the struggle against criminals must be conducted within the confines of the law.

As a result, we urge that the NCA and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) come up with a better and more innovative manner of re-registering SIM cards, first by modifying existing legislation, and then by doing so without the current barbaric re-registration procedure.

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