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SIM card re-registration deadline impossible – NIA

SIM card re-registration deadline impossible – NIA

The National Identification Authority (NIA) never expected to register eligible people in time for the SIM card re-registration deadline.

With approximately two million people aged 15 and above still to be registered, NIA Executive Secretary Prof. Kenneth Attafuah stated that “there is no way that NIA can register those people.” Technically, it is physically impossible.”

“We said it was impossible way back in March.” “It’s like expecting a maiden to have a baby every three months,” he said at a press conference on Friday.

“That is not how the physical and logistical system has been designed to respond. We cannot do that.”

Prof Attafuah also stated that the National Communications Authority was fully aware of these constraints when prescribing deadlines for SIM card re-registration.
He, on the other hand, claimed that such matters were beyond his control.
“It is not for the NIA to provide advice on that because it is outside of its mandate,” Prof Attafuah said.
“However, I have it on good authority that we have been actively engaged with the National Communications Authority and the Minister [of Communications and Digitalization] since last year.”
Individuals who do not comply with the directive to re-register their SIM cards will have their accounts blocked after September 30.

The window for re-registering SIM cards was extended on July 31, but a month later, the number of people who visited network service provider offices to have their SIMs registered dropped by 98 per cent.

The National Communications Authority (NCA) was sued, with a group requesting that the Supreme Court declare the registration deadline and the associated punitive measures for non-registration null and void.

It claimed that the punitive measures violated the constitution.

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