February 8, 2022

No Call Day Successful; Ras Mubarak Says

Ras Mubarak, a member of the fifteen-member group calling itself Concerned Mobile Network Subscribers has said the “NoCallsDay” boycott was successful.

The group together with some Ghanaians decided not to make or receive calls and for that reason, switched off their phones from 6 am this morning till noon as a way of registering their displeasure at the circus surrounding the SIM card re-registration exercise.

In a Facebook post this afternoon, the former lawmaker posted a picture of himself and a served roasted ripe plantain in a grid photo and captained “Lunch after a hectic round of interviews about today’s successful #NoCallsDay boycott”.

A fifteen-member group calling itself Concerned Mobile Network Subscribers, has begun a planned boycott of the SIM card re-registration exercise currently ongoing in the country.

The boycott dubbed “No Call Day” was set aside following consultation with Ghanaians across the country, the group stated in their press release.

The group called on “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.”

The group, with personalities like Prof. Raymond Atuguba and Mr. Samson Lardy Anyenini, said the government’s re-registration exercise is a breach of the constitutional rights of the citizen.

“There is no law in Ghana that requires Ghanaian mobile network subscribers to “Re-register” their SIM cards. Any attempt to impose this on subscribers or block their lines would amount to an infringement of their property rights”, a statement from the group said.

In simple terms, the group demanded that the government suspend the exercise, put in place an appropriate legal framework, and adopt a better and innovative way of re-registering to do away with the inhumane re-registration process.

Among the demands of the group include; “(I) The National Communication Authority (NCA) should immediately withdraw its directive for mobile network customers to re-register their SIM cards by 31st March 2022. (II) When the appropriate legal framework is in place, a re-registration exercise can be done without having subscribers spend productive hours and several days in long queues amid a ravaging Covid-19 pandemic. (II) There’s understandably a need to eliminate crime. But the fight against criminals must be within the law. We, therefore, demand that the NCA and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) must come up with a better and innovative way of re-registering the SIM cards by first amending existing law; and secondly, to do so without the current inhumane re-registration process we are witnessing.”

The group warned that if the government decides to ignore their formulated demands, they will unfold the first of a series of planned boycotts until the rights of customers to be treated with dignity are respected.

Members of the group include Mr. Ras Mubarak, Prof. Raymond Atuguba, Mr. Kofi Bentil, Mr. Franklin Cudjoe, Mr. Kofi Kakraba Pratt, Dr. Kwesi Owusu, Mr. James Afedo, Mr. Selorm Branttie, Mr. Francis Kofi Korankye-Sakyi, Mr. Samson Lardy Anyenini, Mr. Manasseh Azure Awuni, Akyaaba Addai – Sebo, Mr. Kwame Mfodwo, Miss. Amma Sarfo-Kantanka, Mr. Michael Ofori – Akuffo.

The SIM re-registration exercise began on October 1, 2021, and is scheduled to end in March 2022 after which SIM cards that haven’t been re-registered will be disconnected.

The exercise has been characterised by long queues, slow processes, and tiring off subscribers who visit their service providers to undertake the exercise across the country.

Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini

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