A policy analyst, Selorm Branttie has challenged the Minister of Communication and Digitalisation, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful to block SIM cards on September 30, 2022 as she has threatened.

According to Mr. Branttie, the implications of blocking SIM cards will be very far-reaching if Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful sticks to her weapons.

It can be recalled that, talking at a press briefing on Sunday July 31, the Communications and Digitalisation Minister, prolonged the deadline for SIM card re-registration from July 31, to September 30, 2022 “reluctantly”.

“Upon consultation with the industry and in view of the challenges enumerated above, I have very reluctantly decided to grant a conditional extension. The programme will be extended to 30th September to end on the anniversary of its commencement,” she introduced.

This was adopted by the blockage of SIM cards that had not been re-registered as at September 5 by the National Communication Authority (NCA).

In line with this, Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful on September 7, wrote in a Facebook submit that, “At a subsequent press conference in September, the full scope of the sanctions will be revealed. If you suffer that fate as a result of your own inaction, kindly do not blame your service provider. To be forewarned is to be forearmed”.

Additionally, any SIM that has not but been fully registered will be unable to use voice and Internet services. Afterward, utilizing unregistered SIMs will be costlier”.

In response, Mr. Selorm Branttie in an interview on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show on September 13, expressed doubt over the feasibility of implementing the September 30 deadline.

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