The minister of Posts and Telecommunication has frowned bitterly with unidentified mobile subscribers that are in the data base of all the operating companies in the country. In her communique made to the public on June 14, 2016, Mme. Minette Libom Li Likeng stressed that it was a matter “of a serious nature”.
The minister has therefore reiterated that all activated and unidentified mobile subscribers will be deactivated after the deadline of June 30, 2016, which corresponds to the deadline some mobile operators had given their subscribers to regularize the status.
It should be recalled that in April the Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ART) served mobile operating companies with an injunction to disconnect all mobile subscribers with false identifications. In respect of the injunction, MTN alone disconnected 120, 000 mobile subscribers.
During the period from 2014 – 2015 Mobile operating companies in the country have suspended about 6 million unidentified chips and even those with unclear information about subscribers.
It is believed that the series of mobile user identification campaigns these past months have experienced in the country have been intensified by many and reckless terrorist attacks Cameroon has suffered from the hands of the Nigerian Islamist sect, Boko Haram. It is known that mobile phones are used in the activation of some of the explosives.
Every now and then citizens are required to identify themselves with mobile operators in the country. There are a number of questions one keeps asking. Some of the questions are;
Where are SIM cards sold?
Who is authorized to sell the chips?
Should mobile chips be registered with other peoples’ information before being sold?
How many times will one have to keep identifying him or herself?
And many other questions you can possibly ask.
Take a situation of someone who has been using a mobile SIM card for over 10 years now. Such a person should have registered and made known his identity about four times now. Where do the mobile operating companies keep their data base?
Is it not logical to avoid causing so much worry to the people by just deactivating unidentified numbers and have the people go to their offices and get themselves identified?
For how long shall the government of Cameroon keep doing this? Or there is a hidden agenda behind such maneuvers? One can only wonder