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NCA sued over sanctions against unregistered SIM card users

The People’s Project, a pressure group, has filed a lawsuit against the National Communications Authority (NCA) and the Attorney-General (A-G) over the ongoing SIM card re-registration exercise.

The group is requesting that the Supreme Court declare the registration deadline and the associated punitive measures for non-registration null and void.

The punitive measures, it claims, are unconstitutional.
The suit comes after the NCA announced that unregistered SIM cards would be blocked.

SIM card holders in Ghana who did not re-register their cards before the September 30 deadline began facing punitive actions on Monday, September 5, 2022.

Abed-Nego Azumah Bandim, Member of Parliament for the Bunkpurugu Constituency, earlier this week called for the NCA’s punitive measures to be lifted.

Mr Bandim believes the punitive measures are excessive. given the numerous issues that have plagued the Ghana card and SIM card re-registration processes.

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“The National Communications Authority (NCA) must withdraw its recently announced regulations immediately.”
draconian penalties for SIM card re-registration, and stop acting as a rubber stamp regulator in
the communications sector.”

“It is inappropriate for the NCA to act on the Telecom Chamber’s statement and begin imposing punitive measures on consumers, ignoring the real issue, which is the difficulty in obtaining Ghana cards.” “This is arbitrary,” he said in a statement.

The NCA over the weeks has threatened sanctions against citizens who do not have their SIM cards registered. The citizens on the other hand have lamented over the weeks as to why they are unable to register.

Part of their concerns was their National Identification Cards were either not ready or had not been issued. A few also lamented overspending their entire working hours in long queues and still not getting their cards issued.

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