PNG Member for Nawaeb District Kennedy Wange has described the approach of Digicel Sim-Card Registration as unplanned and not helpful for the rural population.
Mr Wange when speaking on the issue put forward by his rural communities said the population of Nawaeb District recorded in the 2011 census was 44,556 but has rapidly increased over the years and with this the purchasing of mobile phones that have become a major part of their lives.
He said thousands of people leaving in rural communities of his district have access to mobile phones from which they have been using for years to make communication easier for them.
However, the member argued that with the sim card registration process, “Can the Digicel authorities come out and tell us how it can reach out to cover the entire rural communities, especially in Nawaeb?
“I am raising the alarm for my district and what about the rest of the rural communities in Morobe Province and the country?” he asked.
Wange said Morobe Province is one of the biggest provinces in the country which covers 33,705 km², with an estimated population of 674,810 and it would be very difficult for the rural people.
He added that Morobe has nine administrative districts and Digicel users in town areas are given access to register their sim-card whilst the remote areas are now in suspense.
“This is kind of neglecting the trust and of its valued customers who have been spending so much to build Digicel since its establishment in the country.
“I am calling on Digicel if they can refrain from this manual registration process and come up with an efficient way using its broadband network to electronically configure all the sim-cards of its thousand users that are currently active in the country,” said Wange.
The MP is also calling on the member for Bulolo and Minister for Communications, Information Technology and Energy to consider the pain of the rural population at this point of time. Source: Post Courier