He claims that the purpose of this instruction is to instruct MNOs to disable data services for SIMs that have only completed the first stage of the two-stage registration process.
Mr. George claimed that this choice was ill-informed and needed to be changed.
The outspoken legislator claimed that the Minister's directive demonstrated that she did not comprehend the sector she represents.
“I have noted with renewed concern your ‘unofficial’, uninformed and retrogressive ‘directive’ to MNOs to deactivate data services on SIMs that have done stage 1 registration but not completed stage 2 registration,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday.
I describe the "directive" as "unofficial" since you have declined to send a letter to the telecommunications companies from either the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization Ghana or the National Communications Authority Ghana.
“You expect them to carry out your uninformed fiat by way of a press statement or Facebook post of yours? Really? Is that what you have reduced the distinguished office of Minister of Communications to?“
Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful had earlier made hints about potential penalties for those who consciously choose not to participate in the SIM re-registration exercise.
Speaking outside of the Technology Breakfast Meeting earlier this month, which was organized to increase public sector chief executives' awareness of the government's drive toward digitalization, Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful pleaded with Ghanaians to support the measures the government is putting in place to protect the digital space.
“We all need to ensure that we protect the systems that we are putting in place. This is one aspect of it, but the SIM re-registration is also another aspect of it. There are some who have genuine concerns, and we are working with the NIA to [address them].
But there are others who have the Ghana cards but have not completed the process. So clearly, either they do not intend to, or are unwilling to, so we will have some measures to announce in due course soon,” the Minister of Communication and Digitalisation explained.
In October, the Ministry declared that 28,959,006 SIM cards had already been connected to Ghana Cards.
This figure equals 67.28% of the 42,749,662 SIM cards that were issued nationwide in total.
Additionally, 18,930,664 SIM Cards—or 44.28% of all SIM cards issued—have been fully registered.
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