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Despite my reregistration, my SIM card was restricted for two days – Mahama

John Dramani Mahama, a former president, said that he was subjected to a number of disciplinary actions taken by the National Communication Authority (NCA) at the direction of the Communications Ministry against people who had not reregistered their SIM cards.

He claims that his SIM card was disabled, which prevented him from making a phone call for two days.

He said that this was true even though he and other members of his employees had reregistered their SIM cards in accordance with the National Communications Authority’s (NCA) mandate to the telecoms.

Mahama said it was difficult for the NCA and other regulatory organizations to impose sanctions against people who, through no fault of their own, had been unable to register their SIM cards in an interview with Accra-based TV3.

“The SIM registration, you can even start with new SIM cards and say that ‘No Ghana Card, No SIM card’ if you are purchasing. So we can start at that point while we mop up the others in the system. But if you say by September 30th, everybody must have it or else we will take punitive actions against you…your data will be more expensive, we will block your outgoing calls and so on and so forth, that’s a major problem.

“And I must say I suffered a bit of that experience with the call barring. On one of my phones, my outgoing calls were not going through. My SIM was blocked for two days. They have turned it back on. We went through the process of registering. They said it wasn’t registered properly. That’s the kind of information I got, we didn’t complete the exercise and yet they came here and sat with us and did SIM registration here and we called them to my office and so all my staff and everybody went through the registration but most of my staff found their calls blocked,” Mahama said.

People who have not reregistered their SIM cards this month will face a number of sanctions, according to the NCA.

Call blocking is one of these methods, along with costly data usage and redirecting all outgoing calls to an interactive voice response (IVR) where a SIM registration sensitization message is played before all calls are connected.

The restriction on outgoing calls is the policy that is biting the hardest, forcing some SIM card subscribers to swarm different registration centers in a last-minute effort to register their SIMs.

Subscribers must reregister their SIM cards by September 30 or risk having all of their services deactivated.

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