A group of prominent Ghanaians who have identified themselves as Concerned Mobile Network Subscribers have announced their intention to boycott the ongoing SIM card re-registration exercise.
They are willing to risk losing their SIM cards, so they have set aside Tuesday, February 8, to participate in a nationwide protest dubbed ‘No Calls Day.’
“Any attempt to impose this [SIM card re-registration] on subscribers or block their lines would constitute an infringement on their property rights,” they added.
“On that day, we call on all Ghanaians not to make or receive phone calls as a way of registering our dissatisfaction with the circus surrounding the SIM card re-registration exercise,” they said in a January 13, 2022 press release.
Ras Mubarak, a former Kumbungu Member of Parliament; Prof. Raymond Atuguba, Dean of UG’s School of Law; Franklin Cudjoe and Kofi Bentil, President and Vice President of IMANI-Africa; Samson Lardi Anyenini, Private Legal Practitioner; and Manasseh Azure Awuni, Investigative Journalist, are among those in the group.
“The ‘No Calls Day’ boycott on 8th February would be the first in a series of national boycotts to protest the current inhumane process of re-registration of SIM cards.”
“There is no law in Ghana that requires Ghanaian mobile network subscribers to “re-register” their SIM cards,” they argued.
- Below are their demands:
- The National Communication Authority (NCA) should immediately withdraw its directive for mobile network customers to re-register their SIM cards by 31st March 2022.
- 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.
- 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.
They stressed that “if the NCA and the MNOs fail to heed these demands, we shall, starting Tuesday, 8th February 2022, begin the first of a series of planned boycotts until the rights of customers to be treated with dignity are respected.”
Other members who signed the release are Kofi Kakraba Pratt, Dr Kwesi Owusu, James Afedo, Selorm Branttie, Francis Kofi Korankye-Sakyi, Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, Kwame Mfodwo and Michael Ofori-Akuffo.