Economic news for Thursday, January 6, 2022
Long queues at telecommunications service offices across the country for the SIM card re-registration exercise are a software challenge, said telecommunications analyst Derrick Laryea.
Speaking to Francis Abban on Morning Starr on Thursday, Mr Laryea expressed concern over the chaotic turn of events with the ongoing re-registration of SIM cards across the country.
According to him, according to his inside information, the National Identification Authority (NIA) is not comfortable with the software used in the data collection, adding that “because the NIA has complained about the how the data is being collected.
“The private data of citizens is collected by software that was developed by another private company. There are so many questions to answer. The software used by telecommunications operators to collect the data comes from a private company. You can talk to the NIA and check, don’t take my word for it if you don’t want to, but this is the feedback I get, that this is a private company, ”he said. underline.
He continued, “We collect this data and store it. So it is important that we have a regulator, a minister or a ministry involved in this process and it is really crucial that they speak out and it is important that they put an end to this because it is a nightmare. Because these people don’t want to say anything, they just want to register their SIM cards and continue with their daily activities. It’s pretty sad that they have to go through this queue process for 6-8 hours.
The analyst also called on the Ministry of Communication, the National Communication Authority, among other stakeholders, to review the whole exercise in order to save Ghanaians from the ordeal of re-registration.
“They need to sit down and have a conversation that is in the public interest, not in the best interest of another person or in the business interest of another person. It must be in the interests of the consumer, ”he added.