The minority in Parliament have kicked against the re-registration of all Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards as directed by the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization.
According to the Minority, they are against the directive from the Ministry of Communications that, the failure to re-register the sim cards within six months will lead to to the deactivation of the sim cards.
Speaking at parliament, Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram said the the directive is insensitive to Ghanaians.
“In as much as we support any attempts to sanitize the digital ecosystem, we strongly oppose any abuse of policy to unnecessarily inconvenience the citizens of Ghana. We find it most inappropriate that the policy directive issues a fiat of deactivating SIM cards that are not linked to the Ghana Card within the next six months. This we believe is a retrospective application of legislation and a tunnel visioned approach to sanitizing the industry”, he said in a press conference,” he said.
He added that neither the law on the registration of SIM cards nor the law on Ghana Card makes it compulsory for the Ghana card to be linked to the sim card.
“The current legislation that backs SIM registration in Ghana is the LI 2006 passed by Parliament in 2011. This legislation saw the registration that happened in 2012. This Legislative instrument does not mandate the linkage of the Ghana Card to activate SIM cards.
“The National Identification Authority Act, 2006 (Act 707) and LI 2111 which introduces the use of the Ghana Card as the principal document for registration of SIM cards and Bank Accounts amongst others cannot be applied retrospectively to SIM cards that were registered legally and legitimately under the existing Ll 2006. Section 7 of LI 2111 makes the use of the Ghana Card mandatory but does NOT make it the sole card for the purposes of registration.”