According to him, the manner in which the minister, who doubles as the MP for Ablekuma West, communicated the extension of the deadline for the ongoing SIM re-registration was unbecoming of a servant who derived her mandate from the people.
Your power is not monarchical; you won't keep it forever – Braimah to Ursula
Sulemana Braimah, the Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa, has slammed the Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, for what, in his view, amounts to a show of disrespect and arrogance towards Ghanaians.
He went on to further condemn what appears to be a deliberate delay in the announcement of the long-anticipated extension, saying that it put Ghanaians through undue stress.
"You let people go through inhumane experiences for a needless deadline. Then you arrogantly tell the people who gave you the power you are enjoying, that you are "reluctantly" extending the timeline. Do you think that power is a monarchical one that you will be keeping forever?" Sulemana Braimah wrote on his Twitter page on Sunday, July 31.
The minister announced at a press conference on the aforementioned date that the re-registration exercise has been extended to September 30, 2022.
"The programme will be extended to 30 September to end the anniversary of its commencement which will give us a full year. Any sim that has not been registered by end of August will be barred from receiving services," Ursula warned.
"It will also be more expensive to use unregistered sims. The full rate of punitive measures will be announce at another press briefing in September. Kindly not blame your service provider when you suffer that fate", she added.
Many Ghanaians had complained about the July 31 deadline given by the Ministry, saying it was not realistic because they had not acquired the Ghana card, which is a prerequisite for the SIM re-registration.
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