#NoCallsDay: Good decision not widely publicized

Many people applauded the #NoCallsDay and believed it was a good decision by the organizers. However, they lament that the information was not widely advertised. 
 
Essie Agbezuge Boadu-Mantey on Kafui Dey’s #Whatdeyhappen, a Facebook radio show said ‘I am just hearing it from you’. She was however not so sure she could participate because her livelihood depended on it just like many others.

 

Nutis.org visited convener Ras Mubarak’s Facebook page after the half day event. Many comments were suggestive of the fact that the #NoCallsDay indeed needed to go bigger than it did.

 

The fomer MP for Kumbungu Ras Mubarak commended those who took part in the exercise and assured them about the next line of action to be well communicated in due time.

 

 
Meanwhile some speakers on #WhatDeyHappen say the SIM card re-registration depicts the gross disregard government has for the people. Essie again says Ghanaians are treated every now and again like zombies; through tin registration, Ghana card, and sim. People have to pay money to get these done. But Ghana is hard.  “The group have not communicated enough for people to know the essence. Government is taking us for granted. MTN holding the largest customers seem not to care about people. We for show them say we get the power.”

 

John Nsaman spoke from Arkansas, US suspects a hidden agenda behind the SIM card registration.
He says, “Ghana passport is recognized abroad and it does not make sense that it is not accepted in this exercise in Ghana. Data is a big thing in recent times. Why are we joking with it? There is a hidden agenda. I wonder what kind of country we are leaving for the next generation. The #NoCallsDay is a very good thing.”

 

 

Mawuta Omay is a pilot in Doha. He together with other Ghanaians in the diaspora are worried about not being able to register and what will happen to their Ghana phone numbers after the March 30 deadline. He has had his line since 2005. He asks whether there are plans for people like himself not lose their numbers.

 

Kafui Dey promised to find out and give feedback on the next episode of #WhatDeyHappen, which comes off every weekday at 7:45pm on Facebook.  

#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.

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