Founder of the All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga has stated that it is wrong for the Minister of Communication and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful to put a time limit on the Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card re-registration exercise using details of the Ghana Card.
The Minister of Communication and Digitalization addressing a press conference in Accra on Sunday, July 31 said “The programme will be extended to 30th September to end on the anniversary of its commencement. That will give us one full year of SIM registration. It will be reviewed at the end of this month and any SIM that has not been fully registered by the end of August will be barred from receiving certain services including voice and data services.”
Mr Ayariga argued that Ghana did not have the infrastructure and proper data system to do the re-registration exercise within the time limit the minister gave.
“My question is first of all why time limit? We don’t need it because we’re a country that we do things slowly, we don’t have the infrastructure to do the things that we’re asking and we are giving time limits. We do not have proper data system to collect and do the right thing. So why time limit? Where are we going? Are we going to the moon? Is there a reason for the time limit? I don’t get the reason why there should be a time limit on SIM registration with Ghana card.”
Mr Ayariga mentioned that a lot of Ghanaians do not even have the Ghana card which is the primary document for the registration.
“Where are the cards? We don’t even have the Ghana cards; that’s my problem. The NIA is not able to issue the card to the Ghanaian people. Thirty people are lacking Ghana card. How are they going to register their SIMs?”
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Osuman Kaapore Tahiru|Ghana