Whose brainless idea is it to exclude passport as identification? – Imani boss asks


Mr Franklin Cudjoe, President of Imani Africa, has expressed reservations about using the National Identification Card as the sole form of identification in the SIM card re-registration process.

The six-month exercise will start today, Friday, October 1st.

It is anticipated that data will be collected from all SIM card users across the country.

Minister of Communications and Digitalisation Ursula Owusu-Ekuful announced the exercise early last month, saying it was necessary owing to the increased usage of communication services since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as to facilitate E-education, among other things.

Commenting on this in a Facebook post, Mr Cudjoe said “So, whose brilliant brainless idea is it to say that passports are not legitimate IDs for the needless SIM re-registration exercise?

“If there are fake SIM cards in the system, how is that the doing of those millions of us who registered earlier legitimately? Shouldn’t the Telcos be asked to identify and block those fake cards?

“Exactly how will the National ID card being the sole identity requirement for a RE-REGISTRATION of all SIM cards prevent the infiltration of fakes? Nor can any ID actually  do so? So, if we all yield and re-register, we will not have fake IDs, ever? And if there are fakes in the near future, we all get asked to re-register again? What is this?”