The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications has said it will be unreasonable for the government to block the sim cards of Ghanaians yet to register their numbers with their Ghana cards at the current deadline of September 30th.
According to the Chamber, there are a quarter of a million Ghanaians who currently have been unable to register their sims due to issues they encounter with the National Identification Authority (NIA) through no fault of theirs.
Speaking in an interview with the Kumasi-based OTEC 102.9 FM’s afternoon political show “Dwabrem” on Monday, September 5, 2022, Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber, Dr. Kenneth Ashibey explained that these individuals have not been to register their sim cards due to challenges by 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 told host of the show Dr. Cash.
Mr. Ashibey called on the National Communications Authority, the National Identification Authority, and the telecom operators to immediately get data of these 250,000 individuals and exempt them from the punitive measures.
Recently, the National Communications Authority announced punitive measures which began on Monday, September 5, 2022, to affect all outgoing voice calls and data services for unregistered sim cards.
This decision according to NCA was necessitated by some sim card users’ failure to register their sims after the deadline for the registration was extended.
The current deadline is September 30th and according to the NCA, all unregistered sim cards will be barred from using their sims from that day onwards.