Minister Gets Tough On Telcos
Dr Edward Omane Boamah, Minister of Communications, has registered his displeasure at telecommunications service providers which allow their SIM cards to be used in illegal call termination.
Dr Boamah, who wondered why the telecommunications companies fail to detect the illegal activities, said “it is time such operators answered some questions.”
He made the statement a day after six people were arrested by officials of the Criminal of Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service and the Anti-Fraud Taskforce of the National Communications Authority (NCA).
The six suspects were using SIM cards of Glomobile, one of the telecommunications companies in their operation.
Apart from the GLO SIM cards, the police confiscated nine SIM boxes, three large UPS, six heavy-duty batteries and a number of mini antennas.
“In this case the numerous SIMs can be traced to particular telecommunication company,” he said, and noted that because mobile SIM cards are to be registered it should have been easy to identify the activities of the fraudsters.
“If the numbers were registered then through contact tracing we can trace the names associated with the SIM and identify them,” he declared.
“But if there are no names then the telecommunication companies have to answer questions.”
He asked the companies to provide information as to whether the SIM cards “were being manufactured somewhere or exist without authorization.”
The minister noted that the activities of the fraudsters bleed the country’s economy, adding, “As a result of their activities we lose the money needed for the development of infrastructure and other projects.”
He urged the police service, particularly the CID to identify the real brains behind the fraudulent activities.
“Sometimes you may go for just the people who are used and leave the real barons behind the activities. It is time to deal with the matter at the root rather than tackling it at the stem.”
By Emelia Ennin Abbey