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Attorney General sued by APlus, NCA for blocking of sim cards

Within this case, APlus, who is also the Convener of the Peoples Project is seeking “declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of Articles 2(23) and 296 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, the Directive by the Minister for Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, on Sunday, July 31, 2022, that the First Defendant will ensure that all SIM cards that are not re-registered by 30 September 2022, will be blocked while the National Identification Authority (NIA) has not been able to issue the Ghana Cards which is the only card to be used for the said re-registration of all Ghanaians is arbitrary, capricious, amounts to an abuse of discretion and same is unconstitutional, null, void and of no legal effect.” “A declaration on a true and proper interpretation of Articles 2, 23 and 296 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, the defendants are estopped from blocking the SIM cards of Ghanaians who have not been able to re-register their SIM cards until such a time where the NIA is able to issue the Ghana cards to all Ghanaians.”

Since September 5, all unregistered sims’ capabilities have been restricted by the National Communication Authority (NCA), which issued the directive.

The NCA reminded the MNOs of the registration exercise in a letter dated September 2, 2022, signed by the Director-General, and stating that it ends on September 30, 2022.

Please be advised that the punitive measures that were discussed at the NCA meeting on August 3, 2022, were compiled and reviewed in response to your submission. Following a thorough review and with the Honourable Minister for Communications’ approval, the letter stated, “Please find below the punitive measures.”

On September 30, 2022, the current SIM registration process is expected to come to an end.

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