The National Communications Authority has announced initial punitive measures for SIM card users in Ghana who have not re-registered their SIM Cards from Monday, September 5, 2022.
According to a statement from the National Communications Authority, the initial punitive measures will include the re-routing of outgoing calls for special messages to be played. Some numbers will also be blocked for special messages to be played for 48 hours.
The full blocking of SIM cards will only begin after September 30 and within September; these measures shall not include the blocking of SMS services to give defaulting subscribers the opportunity to initiate registration.
But a former Member of Parliament for the Kumbungu Constituency, Ras Mubarak described the punitive actions announced by the NCA as nothing but gangster behaviour.
“Well, this is nothing but a gangster behaviour. It is nothing but a criminal behaviour. There’re fundamental issues that come with the SIM re-registration and instead of focusing and dealing with the pertinent issues associated with the re-registration, they’re going about threatening and intimidating Ghanaians.”
Ras Mubarak noted that “first of all there’re several Ghanaians who do not have the Ghana Card; that is a fact. They may have registered and are awaiting the issuance of their ID cards, so there is no way they can go and re-register their SIM Cards.”
He indicated that the Minister of Communication and Digitalization, Ursula Owusu has refused to be accountable to the people of Ghana regarding how much the self-registration app costs the taxpayer.
“You have a minister who has refused to be accountable to the people; you have this same minister who has been very condescending towards the people. You have a minister who is refusing to engage extensively. A minister who has gone to award a contract for the development of a mobile app as we speak I don’t know about you but I don’t know how the contract was awarded. Because you want to get your kickbacks to continue living your life you’re forcing it on Ghanaians to go and use a platform whose developers we don’t even know. ”
“They don’t know what they’re doing; they don’t know their left from right. They’re ignorant, they’re corrupt and they simply want to push the corruption agenda by forcing Ghanaians to do things that’ll generate revenue for them in their packets. They should stop the intimidation; they should engage extensively, they should allow for the process to be an ongoing process. Don’t give deadlines,” the former Kumbungu MP added.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Osuman Kaapore Tahiru|Ghana