According to the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, the government’s decision to prohibit some unregistered sim cards would be unreasonable.
Over 250,000 persons in the country, according to the chamber, have valid grounds for not registering their sim cards.
On Monday, September 5, 2022, during an interview on the afternoon political program “Dwabrem” on Kumasi’s OTEC 102.9 FM, the Chamber’s chief executive officer, Dr. Kenneth Ashibey, explained that these people had difficulties registering their sim cards with the network providers and the National Identification Authority (NIA).
“There are some people who are yet to get their Ghana card, the primary document for the registration, others too, say the physically challenged people who could not capture their biometrics as such do not have the card at all, have also not registered “.
“We have records of others who have attempted to register on several occasions but could not do it which is not their fault,” he stated.
However, Mr. Ashibey urged the National Identification Authority, the National Communications Authority, and the telecom carriers to collect data on these 250,000 people right away and exempt them from the sanctions.
Meanwhile, all Mobile Network Operators are required by NCA to prevent non-registered SIM card holders from using specific services.
That is to say, all phone calls for unregistered sim cards that were made after Monday, September 5, 2022, were subject to punitive sanctions.
According to NCA, this decision was necessary since some SIM card users failed to register their sims when the registration deadline was extended.
The move, according to the Authority, is part of punitive measures before the SIM re-registration deadline, which is set for September 30, 2022.
So folks, what are your views on this?
Do you agree with the Chamber of Telecos’ assertions?
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