Re-registration of sim card will be futile - consumer advocacy center

BY: Victoria Kissiedu
Registration of sim cards
Registration of sim cards

The consumer advocate center said the latest directive for the re-registration of sim card from January 2020 will be an exercise in futility. 

This comes after the Communications Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful had on Monday October 14, announced the re-registration of sim cards.

An exercise she said will begin from January 1, 2020 to the end of June 2020.

According to the Minister users of mobile devices will have a six-month period within which to re-register their sim cards, warning those who fail to comply will have their cards deactivated.

In an interview with an Accra based Starr FM, The Public Relations Officer of the Consumer Advocacy Center Benjamin Asuman said there was same directive in march 2014 under Hon. Edward Omani Baomah the then communication minister but did not yield any fruit.

He also said in October 2017 Hon. Ursula Owusu issued a second directive in support of what Hon. Omani Baomah had issued in 2014 and it also yielded no reasonable result.

Mr Boamah alleged that the system was weak, explaining that the Telecommunications services during the first and second directives argued that Ghana does not have an efficient competent national data base, for that reason any sim card registered with any national identification card will stand to be porous.