Sim Card Registration: Ras Mubarak threatens boycott

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Former Member of Parliament (MP) for Kumbungu in the Northern Region, Ras Mubarak has threatened to lead a protest against the telcos if his sim is blocked because he failed to register it by March 31, 2022.

The former Law Maker in a Facebook post said the government has failed to offer convincing reasons on the need to re-register the sim card.

He notes that the process for re-registration is unnecessarily cumbersome and that even though he is ready to risk losing his SIM card, he will organize a boycott against service providers if his SIM card is deactivated at the end of the day.

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“I have used my MTN phone number for nearly 24years. I would not Re-register my SIM card. The process is cumbersome, the argument for Re-registration is not compelling. If my network provider blocks my number, not only will I be happy to use the good old landline, I’ll organize a boycott campaign against the service provider,” he wrote in a recent Facebook post.

He further argued that the telcos have much to lose if people like him fail to register their sim cards by the assigned dates.

“The service providers have much to lose if citizens take charge of how they want to be treated. Who needs a mobile number anyway when there are too many options,” he added.

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SIM re-registration exercise

The government of Ghana has mandated the registration of all telecommunication service subscribers across the country.

According to the Ministry of Communications and Digitisation, subscribers who will fail to meet the March 31, 2021, deadline risk losing their mobile numbers.

The ongoing exercise has however been fraught with several challenges cumulating in the expressing of frustration by many telco users who have attempted to register.

Aside from the demand for a Ghana Card as the only acceptable form of identification for the exercise, some critics say re-registration is not necessary considering that a similar exercise has been conducted in the past.



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