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How is Ghana card the only eligible ID for sim re-registration? – STRANEK-Africa

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Civil Society Organisation, STRANEK-Africa is wondering why the National Communications Authority (NCA) has settled on the Ghana card as the only form of identification for sim card re-registration.

The NCA drawing power from the Subscriber Identity Module Registration Regulations, 2011, L.I. 2006, effective October 1, 2021, mandated all communication network providers in the country to activate a SIM card only after a subscriber has been registered.

The NCA again relying on section 7 of L.I. 2111 mandated that the only form of identification for a SIM registration should be the Ghana card.

This decision by the NCA has evoked several concerns including complaints about the identification mode being limited to the Ghana card.

In a release signed by its Executive Director, Nii Tettey Tetteh, STRANEK joined calls for the NCA to consider alternative forms of identification for the ongoing exercise.

“STRANEK-Africa wishes the Ministry of Communication will take a second look at our ongoing SIM Card Registration exercise. There should be an alternative where different IDs can be used to register SIM Cards. Passports, the Driver’s license currently are stronger IDs than the Ghana Card since the Ghana Card is largely filled with unverified GhanaPost GPS addresses.

“In effect, most of the GhanaPost GPS addresses are not linked to the physical addresses of registrants per our fastidious checks. If one of the reasons for SIM card re-registration is to fight fraudulent activities, then the fight is akin to a battle of Waterloo. The reasons are that, majority of Ghanaians do not have a fixed place of abode but rather, they are highly residentially mobile,” the statement said.

The organisation believes that, the presentation of an ID could not be the only means to stop fraud which is ascribed as one of the main reasons for undertaking the exercise.

Among other things, STRANEK has proposed ways the NCA can make the exercise more flexible by making it possible for alternative means of identification as well as make provisions for Ghana card registrations.

“Registration and collection of Ghana cards should be extended to weekends to make it easier for those who cannot register or collect their cards during weekdays.

“Moreover, Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Communication should take a look at digital ID in addition to the physical ID cards issued so that people do not only have to hold physical ID cards before they engage in transactions but can have a digital ID of those physical ID cards as done in Nigeria among other countries to do transactions as well,” the statement added.

The NCA has said all SIM cards not registered by end of March 2022 will be deactivated.

Read the full statement below:

TAKE A SECOND LOOK AT USING GHANA CARD ONLY FOR SIM CARD REGISTRATION-STRANEK-Africa

It is said that Ghana Card is a powerful tool and has an electronic passport on it which will be used as passport to West African countries and foreign travels in future. Since Ghana is not there yet, STRANEK-Africa has been pondering how Ghana Card is the only card to register SIM Cards.

The National SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) Card Re-registration Exercise has commenced per the directive by the Communications Ministry which took effect on 1st October, 2021. The Ministry of Communication has used the Subscriber Identity Module Registration Regulations, 2011, L.I. 2006 as the authority to mandate network operators or service providers to activate a SIM only after the subscriber registers the SIM. However, it has mistreated section 7 of L.I. 2111 which makes the use of Ghana Card mandatory but not the only identity card for the purposes of registration.

STRANEK-Africa wishes the Ministry of Communication will take a second look at our ongoing SIM Card Registration exercise. There should be an alternative where different IDs can be used to register SIM Cards. Passports, the Driver’s licence currently are stronger IDs than the Ghana Card since the Ghana Card is largely filled with unverified GhanaPost GPS addresses. In effect, most of the GhanaPost GPS addresses are not linked to the physical addresses of registrants per our fastidious checks. If one of the reasons for SIM card re-registration is to fight fraudulent activities, then the fight is akin to a battle of Waterloo. Reasons are that, majority of Ghanaians do not have a fixed place of abode but rather, they are highly residentially mobile. Simply presenting an ID card is a mitigation but not the solution to fight SIM based digital crime. There must be some form of liveliness test to accompany a credential, and also another to establish true ownership of the document presented.

For that matter, such data compiled by the National Identification Authority to fight SIM based digital crime will fall flat. Passports, Driver’s Licence, Voter’s ID should be allowed as one of the requirements for SIM card registration.

Most Ghanaians work on weekdays so it becomes difficult for them to visit the nearest NIA offices by leaving their busy schedules to form queues to do registration and collect their cards during weekdays.

Government through the National Identification Authority (NIA) can also rely on the databases of the DVLA, Passport Office in addition to the database of NIA since initially, they were mostly the bedrock for most SIM registrations.

Registration and collection of Ghana cards should be extended to weekends to make it easier for those who cannot register or collect their cards during weekdays.

Moreover, Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Communication should take a look at digital ID in addition to the physical ID cards issued so that people do not only have to hold physical ID cards before they engage in transactions but can have a digital ID of those physical ID cards as done in Nigeria among other countries to do transactions as well.

Let us all come together in building our motherland, Ghana.

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Signed.

Nii Tettey Tetteh

Executive Director

+233 559 042 914

Eyram Norglo

Deputy Director of Research

+233 266 119 773

Source: ghanaweb.com

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Transport fares to go up by Monday

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Transport fares are expected to go up by Monday, October 25, according to the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU).

The percentage at which the increment would be done is immediately not known but according to the Union, it is as a result of the fuel price increment.

The Industrial Relations Officer of GPRTU, Accra branch, Alhaji Abass Imoro, said they have met with the Transport Ministry on the issue and the only thing left for them is to increase the fares by next week.

“The rate at which our fuel prices are increased, I don’t want to preempt anything because there could be another increment soon,” he stated.

Earlier, the Union had warned that it would soon consider increment in transport fares should the current trend of fuel price increments continue.

The Union noted that at the last increments in transport fares, they had projected up till December, 2021 for any varying decision but the rate at which fuel products are being increased arbitrarily, they may be compelled to increase it before December.

Effective Sunday, October 17, a litre of fuel cost GH¢6.80 at some oumps, a situation which has caused many a Ghanaian anxiety.

Reacting to the issue on 3FM’s Sunrise on Wednesday to host Alfred Ocansey, Alhaji Imoro said “do not blame us if we increase it”.

“Government came up with a sharing policy and we have done our part but they have not. So, hopefully, by next week, we shall increase transport fares.”

Alhaji Imoro said “as we speak now, those who are not in any union have increased their fares. The floating trotro drivers have increased their fares”.

Energy expert Kojo Poku said “the government is not taking the impact of fuel price increase seriously”.

He said all the levies on fuel products have transferred unto the consumer, making life difficult for Ghanaians.

Mr. Poku urged the media to prevail on the Finance Ministry to render accounts to the people of Ghana on the stabilization levy.

“The Finance Ministry must account for the GH¢1.26 billion Price Stabilization Levy”.

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‘No Ghana Card, No salary’ directive by controller put on hold

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The new directive by the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) ordering all public sector workers to obtain a Ghana card or forfeit their salaries have been suspended.

The decision according to Graphiconline arrived after the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Ministry of Finance and CAGD and the leadership of organised labour representing public sector workers held a meeting on CAGD payroll.

However, the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) has been tasked to port the names of public sector workers in their existing database onto the National Identification Authority (NIA) platform and thereafter inform the various institutions of any unregistered staff that may exist.

There have been agitations by a section of government workers and unions since the Department issued the directive on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, with some asking the Controller and Accountant-General to reconsider the directive and withdraw it completely or have the deadline extended.

But the Head of Public Relations at CADG insisted that the directive won’t change as it was the best way to address challenges in the government’s payroll system.

He explained that Section 8(4) of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921), mandated the CAGD to, among other functions, receive, disburse and provide secured custody for public funds.

However, the department has withdrawn this directive on Tuesday 19 October 2021.

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Homos*xuality Has Been Secretly Legalized In Ghana and Will Be Announced Soon – Captain Smart Drops A Deep Secret

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Captain Smart who had earlier vowed to see that homos*xuality is never legalized in the country has dropped a deep secret about the controversial ANTI-LGBTQI+ bill.

Whiles speaking on ONUA TV yesterday, Captain Smart wildly alleged that homos*xuality has been secretly legalized and Nana Addo is yet to officially announce to the general public.

The award-winning journalist further added that all the civil society organizations in the country are quiet over the LGBTQI+ brouhaha because they have been told to shut up.

He went on to add that, Hon Dafianor has briefed him that the majority of members who are against the legalization of LGBT rights were strategically sent on diplomatic missions when it was time to present the ANTI-LGBTQI+ bill before parliament.

Captain Smart who seems to know more than all of us also accused lawyer Maurice Akoto Ampaw and NPP female chieftain, Madam Audrey of receiving monies from some members of the LGBTQI+ community to help them champion their course.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo’s cousin, Gabby Otchere Darko was also inculpated of helping the LGBTQI+ community behind the scenes after receiving a huge sum of money from an external body.

Captain Smart also lamented over the Christain Council’s sudden quietness over the issue after earlier leading the campaign against the legalization of LGBTQI+.

The grouchy #Fixthecountry lead member additionally dared the government to drop a press statement to criminalize homos*xuality if it hasn’t legalized the act without Ghanaians being fully aware.

Source: Ghanacelebrities.com

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