Telcos halt blocking of unregistered numbers

According to a news report by Citi News, the telecoms have ceased preventing calls from their users who haven’t finished registering their SIM cards following a new mandate from the regulator, NCA.

The new directive from the agency is thought to be a response to popular outrage.

Prior to the deadline of September 30, 2022, SIM card users in Ghana who neglected to re-register their cards began to face repercussions on Monday, September 5, 2022.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has requested that the National Communication Authority (NCA) and the Minister of Communications be called before Parliament’s Select Committee on Communications about the penalties meted out to SIM card users who haven’t re-registered their cards.

In a statement released on Monday, September 12, the NDC expressed the opinion that the actions of the Minister and the NCA have been arbitrary and unlawful, lacking any kind of constitutional support, and that they must be stopped.

“It is undeniable that neither the SIM Registration Regulations, 2011 (L.I 2006) nor the National Identity Register Regulations, 2012 (L.I 2111) nor any other law in effect in the nation support the re-registration of mobile SIM cards policy or the accompanying sanctions that are being imposed on Ghanaians by the Ministry of Communications and the National Communications Authority.

Part of the statement, which was signed by General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said, “The decision by these businesses to restrict the SIM Cards of Ghanaians, including those who have already re-registered their SIM Cards, is therefore unlawful, irresponsible, and reprehensible to say the least.”

According to the Communication Ministry, after September 30 those who disobey the order will have their SIM cards blocked.

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