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Unregistered SIM cards to be blocked for 2days each week till September ending

The NCA has communicated to the general public that from September 5, 2022, unregistered sim cards will be blocked for 2 days each till September ending.

According to the NCA, mobile network subscribers in Ghana who have still not re-registered their SIM cards and has done only stage one re-registration will start receiving punitive actions including the blocking of all their outgoing calls and data services for 48 hours (2 days) per week.

A press statement from the NCA also disclosed that the sim blocking will be done in sequential batches on a weekly basis as a second punitive measure.

The first punitive measure includes re-routing of all outgoing calls for a message to be played before all calls go through every day.

In a letter dated September 2, 2022, signed by the Director-General, the NCA reminded the MNOs of the registration exercise which is ending on September 30, 2022.

“Please be informed that the punitive measures which were discussed at the meeting at the NCA on 3rd August, 2022, were compiled and reviewed following your submission. After a comprehensive review and with the approval of the Honourable Minister for Communications, Please find below the punitive measures.

MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] shall divide the unregistered SIMs into five batches for the purpose of implementing this punitive measure.

“These measures shall exclude blocking of SMS to give defaulting subscribers the opportunity to initiate registration if they so wish. Subscribers who fully register their SIM Cards within the period they have been blocked will only be unblocked by the MNOs after the 48 hours to avoid the MNOs tampering with their systems intermittently,”

Below are some of the reactions from Ghanaians following NCA’s latest approach to get all active sim cards registered.

Ayariga Aperigre Gh – This is unthinkable! Anyway Akufo Addo is our president and Ursula our communications minister. All that glitters is indeed not gold. SMH.

Golden Boy Razak – Every day you block those sim cards government loses on communication service tax. You guys are so incompetent to the CORE

Abdul Hakim – This is nonsense, because we don’t have Ghana card to register so what do you expect us to do.Aaaaaba living in our own country like refugees.Masa be better watch ur tongue.?firi s? mo y? De?n koraa meny? hwee

Appiah Joseph – Total madness. Who loses a lot?Instead of you thinking outside the box, you’re here exhibiting this crude and pedestrian attitude.This country must be RESCUED.

Tanyetorwo Mordzifa – How did we get this unreasonable and clueless gang of people into power??? Ghana Cards with mistakes; and yet, no correction centres nearby. Is that also my fault?

 

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