The Peoples Project (TPP) spearheaded by Kwame Obeng Asare known popularly as A Plus has sued the National Communications Authority and the Attorney General for the former’s decision to take punitive measures against people who have not registered their sim cards.
TPP is seeking an interpretation from the Supreme Court why a government that cannot provide citizens with the Ghana Card insists it will block sim cards that have not been registered by September 30, 2022 deadline.
TPP believes that this draconian move by Government through the National Communications Authority (NCA) is an infringement on the human rights of the people of Ghana and should not be made to stand.
The suit seeks an injunction on the NCA and other stakeholders from blocking unre-registered sim cards by the September 30 deadline.
SIM card users in Ghana who have not re-registered their SIM Cards will start facing punitive actions from Monday, September 5, 2022.
According to a document 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.
Within September, these measures shall not include the blocking of SMS services 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,” the document noted.
The full blocking of SIM cards will only begin after September 30.
The window for the re-registration of SIM cards was extended on July 31, but a month after the extension, the number of persons who have visited the offices of the network service providers to have their SIMs registered dropped by 98 percent.
Data from the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications has revealed that as of August 20, 2022, only 5,861 persons had completed the biometric capturing for the re-registration exercise, compared to over 235,000 who had registered as of July 28th, two days before the extension was announced.