Ras Mubarak, a former Member of Parliament for Kumbungu, has stated that the National Communications Authority (NCA) and telecommunication firms are powerless to disable SIM cards if their owners refuse to re-register.
According to him, the NCA’s re-registration process has no legal foundation.
As a result, he advised Ghanaians not to waste time waiting in lines to re-register their SIM cards.
Ras Mubrarak, one of the notable Ghanaians opposed to the NCA, said, “If you have not re-registered your sim, do not waste your time.” After March 31, neither the NCA nor the Telecos may block your SIM. Our constitution is being violated by the re-registration.”
Professor Raymond Atuguba, Dean of the University of Ghana School of Law, has also voiced legal concerns about the continuing activity.
According to him, under Ghanaian legislation, the National Identification Jurisdiction (NIA) has the authority to carry out such a duty.
Prof Atuguba, who was part of a group of notable Ghanaians who boycotted Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) on Tuesday February 8 in protest of the registration effort, told TV3: “As far as I know, the NIA has the legal mandate to acquire and preserve such data.”
“That mandate has not been provided to the telecommunications corporations, nor has it been given to the NCA or the National Information Technology Agency by legislation” (NITA). The biodata of citizens of this country is not among NITA’s responsibilities.”
The opponents of the registration process have already raised the concerns in the hopes that the NCA would address them. However, they stated in a statement released on Sunday, February 6 that the NCA had failed to do so, resulting in the boycott of the MNOs.
“Following the failure of the National Communications Authority (NCA) and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to address concerns associated with the legality and chaotic Sim-Reregistration Exercise, we, the undersigned Concerned Mobile Network Subscribers, and the over 7000 online petitioners, call upon our fellow countrymen and women to join our campaign for a #NoCallsDay boycott of the MNOs on Tuesday, February 8, 2022,” they said in an earlier statement.
“On Tuesday, we are urging Ghanaians and all mobile network users in Ghana not to make or receive calls, or engage in any other mobile network activity, from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.,” says the statement.
“On February 8, the #NoCallsDay boycott will be the first in a series of nationwide boycotts to protest the illegal and inhumane practice of SIM card re-registration.”
Below is a lost of their concerns; that the SIM card re-registration exercise is;
(II) The NCA should immediately withdraw its directive for mobile network customers to re-register their SIM cards by 31st March 2022.
(iii) Appropriate legal framework must be in place for any directives for sim re-registration to happen
(IV) A demand for the NCA and MNOs to come up with a better and innovative way of re-registering the SIM cards without the current chaotic and inhumane re-registration process we are witnessing up and down the country.
(V) The NCA should direct the MNOs to stop using private phones of employees to collect subscribers’ biometric data.
Our next line of action after Tuesday 8th February, if the concerns raised above remain would be a full day’s (6am – 6pm) boycott on Tuesday 15th February, and same every other Tuesday until the appropriate action is taken by the NCA & MNOs.
Hon. Ras Mubarak, Prof. Raymond Atuguba, Dr. Kwesi Owusu, H. E. Hassan Ayariga, Mr. Franklin Cudjoe, Mr. Kofi Bentil, Mr. Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Mr. Kofi Kakraba Pratt, Hon. Mrs. Mona Quartey, Mr. Samson Lardy Anyenini, Mr. James Afedo, Mr. Selorm Branttie, Mr. Francis Kofi Korankye-Sakyi, Mr. Manasseh Azure Awuni, Akyaaba Addai – Sebo, Ms. Amma Sarfo-Kantanka, Mr Kwame Mfodwo, Mr Michael Ofori – Akuffo, Dr. Godfred Seidu Jassaw, Nana Kwaku Agyeman, Mr. Appiah Adomako, Mr. Sulemana Issifu