“The Vice-president is inept, re-registration of SIM cards is very unnecessary” – Haruna Iddrisu addresses Bawumia; provides suggestions

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The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu has described Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia as naive and inept following a statement made by him suggesting that Ghanaians need to re-register their SIM cards with Ghana Card.

Bawumia speaking at the 5th Ghana CEO Summit in Accra said in June 2021, said all SIM cards will need to be re-registered with Ghana cards in June or users risk losing their numbers.

This announcement has not received a positive reception from users who believe it is not important and moreover many Ghanaians do not have the Ghana card and as a result, will render many unable to communicate.

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Mr Haruna issuing a statement on this statement by Bawumia said it was a bad move by the government to tackle e-money fraud and to tax Ghanaians by re-registering SIM cards. Haruna said he believes the VEEP is ‘ill-informed, inept and naive.’

“The solution to the challenges of fraud within the electronic money ecosystem goes beyond SIM registration,” he said.

“We hold the view that the mandatory re-registration of SIMS provides no substantial benefit in the fight against electronic money fraud, and will face practical challenges such as inbound travellers who require a SIM card without a national ID,” he added.

“If the Vice President really desires simple solutions, he should consider instructing the BoG and the NCA to set key performance indicators for the mobile network operators (MNPs) about electronic money fraud and with consequences for breaches.”

“The Vice President should urge subtly or overtly the MNOs to invest – proportionate to market share in advanced cybersecurity systems including additional personnel. These have been known to achieve monumental success stories in other jurisdictions with similar ecosystems.”

Haruna Iddrisu provides some suggestions in the statement below:

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