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Some Ghanaians Declare Feb 8 “No Calls Day” To Protest ‘Illegal’ SIM Re-Registration

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A group of prominent Ghanaians who have identified themselves as Concerned Mobile Network Subscribers have announced their intention to boycott the ongoing SIM card re-registration exercise.

They are willing to risk losing their SIM cards, so they have set aside Tuesday, February 8, to participate in a nationwide protest dubbed ‘No Calls Day.’

“Any attempt to impose this [SIM card re-registration] on subscribers or block their lines would constitute an infringement on their property rights,” they added.

“On that day, we call on all Ghanaians not to make or receive phone calls as a way of registering our dissatisfaction with the circus surrounding the SIM card re-registration exercise,” they said in a January 13, 2022 press release.

Ras Mubarak, a former Kumbungu Member of Parliament; Prof. Raymond Atuguba, Dean of UG’s School of Law; Franklin Cudjoe and Kofi Bentil, President and Vice President of IMANI-Africa; Samson Lardi Anyenini, Private Legal Practitioner; and Manasseh Azure Awuni, Investigative Journalist, are among those in the group.

“The ‘No Calls Day’ boycott on 8th February would be the first in a series of national boycotts to protest the current inhumane process of re-registration of SIM cards.”

“There is no law in Ghana that requires Ghanaian mobile network subscribers to “re-register” their SIM cards,” they argued.

Below are their demands:

The National Communication Authority (NCA) should immediately withdraw its directive for mobile network customers to re-register their SIM cards by 31st March 2022.
When the appropriate legal framework is in place, a re-registration exercise can be done without having subscribers spend productive hours and several days in long queues amid a ravaging Covid-19 pandemic.
There’s understandably a need to eliminate crime. But the fight against criminals must be within the law.
We, therefore, demand that the NCA and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) must come up with a better and innovative way of re-registering the SIM cards by first amending existing law; and secondly, to do so without the current inhumane re-registration process we are witnessing.
They stressed that “if the NCA and the MNOs fail to heed these demands, we shall, starting Tuesday, 8th February 2022, begin the first of a series of planned boycotts until the rights of customers to be treated with dignity are respected.”

Other members who signed the release are Kofi Kakraba Pratt, Dr Kwesi Owusu, James Afedo, Selorm Branttie, Francis Kofi Korankye-Sakyi, Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, Kwame Mfodwo and Michael Ofori-Akuffo.

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‘Black Stars Coaches Are Afraid Of Andre Dede Ayew’ : Countryman Songo

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Controversial Ghanaian journalist, Patrick Osei Agyemang who is known as Countryman Songo has made a bold claim about Black Stars captain, Andre Dede Ayew.

He made this bold claim when he appeared on the flagship evening show, Good Evening Ghana aired on the popular Ghanaian television station, Metro TV.

During his submission, he was asked about the leadership of Dede Ayew in the Black Stars team, and answering this, he stated that there is no problem with the leadership of Dede, however, the coaches are afraid of the player.

According to him, as a coach, you must be able to control every player in your team, and in the case of Andre Ayew, he has declined in form so coaches must know when to play him, however, these coaches make the player dictate to them.

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He was in the studios of Metro TV to discuss the performance of the Black Stars at the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Cameroon where the team failed to win any of their group matches and ended up at the bottom of the group.

They lost two matches against Morocco and Comoros and drew with Gabon.

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Mohammed Salisu Reportedly Agrees To Play In Ghana’s World Cup Playoffs Against Nigeria

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Ghanaians can express a sigh of relief as Southampton defender, Mohammed Salisu has at long last chosen to support Ghana in their FIFA World Cup campaign against adjoining nation, Nigeria, in the play-offs, his uncle Yakubu Ahmed revealed.

Mohammed Salisu affirmed his choice not to play Ghana at the international level when Alhaji Grusah reached out to him which turned into a subject of public interest.

Football administrative head, Alhaji Karim Grunsah revealed that Salisu requested that he “remain away” when he attempted to persuade the footballer to play for Ghana.

Mohammed has turned down innumerable Black Stars call up referring to reasons that he isn’t yet prepared but the uplifting news coming from his uncle has it that he has at long last acknowledged to address his country as the Black Stars are set for a vital season finisher game against West African opponents Nigeria, as the two groups mean to meet all requirements for the competition in Qatar.

Speaking on the subject, the player’s uncle said he has informed the family of his decision to finally play for the national team.

“He will be playing for Ghana soon. He has assured us that he will play in the World Cup qualifiers,” Yakubu Ahmed told Kumasi-based Sikka FM, as quoted by GhanaWeb.

“He cleared the air about his absence in the AFCON but assured of availability for the World Cup qualifiers.”

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Shatta Wale Is Fighting Nigeria Out Of Frustration : Sam George

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Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George, disclosed that Shatta Wale animosity towards Nigerians is a result of frustrations from the system.

In an interview on Hitz FM, Sam George mentioned that Shatta Wale’s frustration comes from a poorly organized system.

“Shatta is fighting Nigeria. It’s a frustration of the system. We were in a world of our own, but again, what did we do? No conscious effort by the state or private capital to invest in that sector.”

According to Sam George, Ghanaians are selfish and will the fight progress of their own.

“Then again, it comes to what I think is a problem of our country. Ghanaians celebrate mediocrity. We are content with little. Ghanaians tag you as greedy when they see you pushing for more… Ghanaians will fight you. We fight our own. Nigerians celebrate their own.”

Sam George also revealed that in the late 70s, Ghanaian musicians have really enjoyed West Africa more than Nigerian music.

He said, “In the 70s Ghanaian music was the ish across West Africa, Highlife. In the early 2000s, our Hiplife was what it was and Nigerians didn’t have any response to us. They were still banging on Fela Kuti’s music to respond to our Hiplife. At the time, Obrafour and Lord Kenya were setting the place ablaze. At the time, Okomfuor Kwaadee came out with hits, Samini, then Batman, Kokovelli, KK Fosu, I mean Nigerians had absolutely no response to us.”

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