By Emmanuel Omona PaOkech
Subscribers in Northern Uganda have asked the Uganda Communications Commission to extend the deadline of Sim Card registration such that all their cards are registered.
Collin Atto, a 28 year old woman in Amuru district while talking to Uganda Picks today said that many of the residents in the rural areas are facing the challenge of getting their pass port photos.
“There are no photo studios here and some of the Mobile phone companies demand for photos as their requirements”, Atto explained.
Geoffrey Oyat a resident of Nwoya district noted that some of the officials registering the Sim Cards were not competent enough adding that some times they close their shops at the time they want.
Oyat also explained that they were being demanded for 2000 shillings for the registration yet it is not being done in some parts of the country.
Oliver Atim, one of the mobile phone subscriber in Awer trading centre in Amuru district wants the registration exercise extended to April 2013 saying that most of them have not been aware of the deadlines.
Simcard registration was planned to last for one year, with the deadline being February 28, 2013, to control the use of mobile phone numbers for illegal activities, phone theft, unsolicited and threat messages among others.
It is now just 10 days remaining to the deadline and still million subscribers on different Telcom networks have not yet registered their Sim cards while others have provided their information and are yet to be verified as registered subscribers.