We are in a system of beneficiaries and victims – Sulemana Braimah
Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Sulemana Braimah
The Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Sulemana Braimah, described the reaction of parliamentarians to the ongoing SIM card registration as the manifestation of a system of beneficiaries and victims.
According to him, the agitation of the deputies of the minority concerning the flaws of the exercise of registration of the SIM card in the face of the complicit silence of the deputies of the majority shows a clear division.
speaking on Newsfile from JoyNews On Saturday, Sulemana Braimah said, “I think what we are going through is the manifestation of a system that has basically segmented the population into beneficiaries and victims. And for those who benefit from the system, everything is fine.
“And those of us – and I would like to consider myself part of the category of victims – who are affected by the problems that remain continue to mourn. And once we’re in that cohort of recipients and victims, I think the jokes will continue to be there.
His comments follow protests from minority MPs who say the ongoing SIM card registration, which was due to end on Sunday July 31, should be postponed.
This comes at a time when a large number of Ghanaians have yet to receive their Ghana National Identification Authority (NIA) card, without which their SIM cards cannot be registered.
Many Ghanaians besieged telecom outlets across the country in a desperate attempt to register their SIM cards before the Sunday July 31 deadline.
In an analysis by JoyNews, around 7.9 million Ghanaians are expected to lose their SIM cards before the deadline.
Already there are calls for the government and the Ministry of Communications to extend the deadline for the SIM card re-registration exercise which is due to end on Sunday.
The minority in parliament has urged President Akufo-Addo to ask Sector Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful to postpone the deadline to another time.
The Mobile Money Agents Association of Ghana (MMAAG) has also pleaded with the government and ministry to consider extending the exercise to January 2023.
Meanwhile, Mr. Braimah further noted that attacks on journalists expecting them to look like robots while reporting the frustration of the ordinary Ghanaian with the ongoing exercise are rather misplaced.
“And I believe that those who can expect journalists to act like robots as you say without emotions even though they know that journalists are supposed to hold the government accountable, I think the fundamental role of the media is to play this watchdog role.
“And that watchdog role doesn’t mean giving people the opportunity to voice their concerns and so on, but for you to be the mouthpiece for ordinary people,” he said.