SIM cards re-registration won’t resolve e-money fraud – Minority Leader

Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu

The Minority Caucus in Parliament says the re-registration of SIM cards initiative by government will not resolve challenges of fraud within the electronic transaction business in the country.

In a press statement, the Minority described as ‘ill-informed, inept and highly naïve’ the comments made by Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia with regards to the initiative aimed at resolving cyberspace challenges.

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, speaking at the 5th edition of the CEO Summit noted that steps have been put in place to ensure that Ghanaians with SIM cards re-register them using the National Identification card by the middle of this year to rid the country’s cyberspace of fraud.

He noted that any individual who fails to take part in the exercise risks losing his or her SIM card. But according to the Minority, the mandatory re-registration of SIM cards will deprive a large segment of Mobile money users of accessing the service and would also fail to address the recent attacks on mobile money vendors by robbers.

It noted that the use of Ghana Card as the only requirement for the process would deny a mass section of the population from partaking in the exercise.

The Minority, however, indicated that should government decide to press forward on its decision, it must be transparent and disclose full information including the cost of the project to the public.

Meanwhile, the Minority has advised the government to instruct the Bank of Ghana, and the National Communications Authority, to set key performance indicators for Mobile Network Operators, to eradicate the canker.

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