On July 1, 2010, the National Communication Authourity (NCA) in line with SIM Registration Regulation, LI 2006, directed all telecommunication operators to register all SIM cards.
The NCA, gave a directive to the mobile operators to deactivate any number that, has not been registered by close of day July 10, 2012.
Chiefly among the reasons given for the exercise was security. Eight years after the exercise, the intended purpose, has not been achieved, as people have found a way of registering names that cannot stand legal scrutiny.
People have managed to register names like, Hajia, Shop One, Nana, Uncle, Bra etc. it is easy today to buy a SIM card, as it was eight years ago, nothing has changed. Instructively, some of the SIM cards, have been registered before you even buy
A lot of people use such pseudo names to dupe unsuspecting Ghanaians. Most of the financial crimes these days occur with criminals, calling people to offer them job openings, and demand for money, a claim that, they have mistakenly sent them money through Mobile Money, a relative or a friend outside the country, has given them money and some items to bring to you, for which reason you have to pay etc.
The NCA, must as a matter of urgency revisit the relevant Legislative Instruments to ensure that, every SIM card is properly registered.
Appropriate sanctions must be applied on any mobile operator, which allows for the registration of funny names.
We have never done anything successfully in this country before. We take a lot of things for granted, until something bad happens and then we all claim to find our voice.
In the opinion of this paper, all SIM cards registered under such names should be deactivated and those found to have registered the cards sanction.
The only language we understand in this country is punishment, but unfortunately those with the responsibility to ensure that, the right things are done, are themselves culpable.
We cannot call ourselves a middle-income country, when basic things that are to ensure the safety and security of our people, cannot be guaranteed.
Everything we fail to do right, there is a cost to it.