SIM Card re-registration offenders to be jailed up to 5 years – Ursula Owusu
Do you know that unregistered SIM cards will be blocked by October 31, 2022? and that SIM Card re-registration offenders to be jailed up to 5 years?
The minister has also reminded Ghanaians not to register more than 10 SIMs with their Ghana card. According to her, those who have exceeded the threshold will have excess numbers delinked from their Ghana Card, the excess numbers.
She also admonished SIM card vendors against selling pre-registered SIMs, stating they could spend 5 years in prison if found guilty of the act.
It is important for the NCA and the Minister of Communications and Digitalization led by Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful to come out with a short code that can help persons who have registered SIMs to know how many SIMs they have registered and what the numbers are. This way, every individual can check if his or her Data from the Ghana Card has been used to register any other SIMs apart from the ones he or she has personally registered.
In the absence of this, the Telcos and their employees must be held liable if an illegal number is registered in the name of a SIM user in Ghana without his or her permission or approval.
One wrong thing some Telcos are doing is that they registering SIM owners who want to register their SIMs but do not have the Digital Address. Once you do not have it or cannot remember it, they still go ahead and register you after asking you about your location.
This move by the Telcos although favours them as they will not lose the customer, it may have negative implications in the future for the owner of such SIM cards.