#NoCallsDay protest against SIM card re-registration
The group, Concerned Mobile Network Subscribers says its members are scheduled to boycott all mobile network activities from 6 am to 12 midday on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.
The group has former Members of Parliament, Private Legal Practitioners, Members of Civil Society Organizations as well as Media practitioners, protesting the ongoing SIM re-registration exercise which is bedeviled with numerous challenges.
It earlier entreated the National Communications Authority to call off its directive to the public to re-register SIM cards, saying that the “attempt to impose this on subscribers or block their lines would amount to an infringement of their property rights.”
The group has gathered over 7,000 signatures online and are calling on all Ghanaians to join the #NoCallsDay campaign.
A Statement issued by the Concerned Mobile Network Subscribers reads “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 8th February 2022.”
“The statement appealed to Ghanaians and all mobile network users within Ghana not to make and or receive calls and all associated mobile network activities from 6 am to 12 midday on Tuesday,”
The group speculates the SIM card re-registration exercise is Illegal and wants the following issues addressed;
(I) The NCA should immediately withdraw its directive for mobile network customers to re-register their SIM cards by 31st March 2022.
(II) Appropriate legal framework must be in place for any directives for sim re-registration to happen.
(III) 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.
(IV) The NCA should direct the MNOs to stop using private phones of employees to collect subscribers’ biometric data.’’
If the NCA fails to pay heed to the February 8 call, the group says that will hold a full day’s (6 am – 6 pm) boycott on Tuesday 15th February, and same every other Tuesday until the appropriate action is taken by the NCA & MNOs.