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IMANI Africa Criticizes Gov’t Decision To Block Calls And Data Service On Unregistered SIM Cards

No one is interested in killing Africans with coronavirus – IMANI Vice  President

Policy think tank IMANI Africa has criticized the government for announcing it will roll out a number of punitive measures against persons who are yet to re-register their SIM cards ahead of the deadline which is the end of this month.

The SIM Card re-registration exercise is scheduled to end this month September 30 after the initial July 31 deadline was extended for two months.

According to the National Communications Authority, outgoing calls and data services for persons who have not yet reregistered their SIM cards will be blocked for 2 days every week, beginning this week.

In line with this, the Telecommunication networks have started sending out messages informing users that all unregistered SIM cards will be barred from some of their services, effective today, Monday, September 5, 2022.

However, Vice President in charge of strategy at IMANI Africa Selorm Branttie says given that a number of Ghanaians are still yet to have their Ghana card, a decision to block their calls is draconian.

Mr Branttie, who was speaking to Accra based Joy News, the Communications Ministry ought to take its time to roll out the SIM card reregistration exercise and unnecessarily rush the process.

He argues that the National Identification Card (Ghana card) which is the primary document required for the exercise is not readily available to every Ghanaian.

“You are talking about a very seismic change in the way that we are going to be registering our SIM cards.  For any process that is planned in this way, one of the first things you have to look at is dependency.

“We are in a situation where the major dependency for re-registering SIM cards is Ghana card. It is not a given that everyone has a Ghana card. It is not also a given that those who are processing their Ghana cards can get it instantly,” he argued.

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