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Re-register your SIM by June 2020 or lose your phone number – Ursula Owusu

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The Ministry of Communications has announced that all mobile phone users will have to re-register their SIM numbers (Subscriber Identity Module) from 1st January 2020 to 30th June 2020 or lose the numbers as they will be deactivated.

The measure, according to Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful, Minister of Communications, will help monitor and track down persons who use their phones for criminal activities.

Identification forms acceptable for re-registration or fresh SIMs will be by approved national biometric identity cards.

Mrs Ursula Ekuful announced government’s decision at a press briefing Monday, and explained that the valid ID cards will include Driver’s Licence, SSNIT, Passports, and the Ghana Card. A detailed programme will be rolled out by the National Communications Authority and will be conducted with the telecommunication companies.

According to the Minister, Ghana enacted the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Registration Regulations, 2011 (L.I. 2006) primarily to reduce mobile phone related crimes such as prank calls, cyber-crime, mobile money fraud and its related issues and general security.

She said the enactment was also intended to help the law enforcement agencies to identify the SIM card owners, track criminals who use phones for illegal activities, curb incidents such as phone theft, hate text messages, mobile fraud activities, inciting violence, and to combat crime such as SIM Box fraud.

“SIM registration also enables subscribers to be properly identified for the use of value-added services such as mobile banking, mobile money, and electronic payment services. Due to the crucial nature of SIM registration and its security implications for the country, MNOs (Mobile Network Operators) were required to ensure SIMs were registered properly before activation on the mobile network to avoid inconsistencies and fake subscriber identity.

“Even though the SIM Registration regulations are still in force, it is not being enforced due to the lack of an acceptable, fake proof, Identification card and non-existence of verification by a national database to ensure the traceability of the individual who registered the SIM card.

“Currently, there is no solution in place to integrate all the databases of Card Issuing Agencies for the seamless verification of IDs used for registration of SIMs to be effectively conducted.

In addition to this, the Ministry of Communications has noted other deficiencies of the existing SIM card registration regime in Ghana including the sale of pre-registered SIM cards, the use of pre-registered SIM cards and fraudulent registration of SIM cards. All of these activities are proscribed by law. These deficiencies facilitate fraudulent activities perpetrated through the use of mobile phones such as mobile money fraud, illegal SIM swap, illegal termination of international traffic (SIM-Boxing) leading to loss of revenue to the state, impersonation and cyber-crime.”

Mrs Owusu Ekuful said though some IDs submitted for registration of SIMs may have been valid, however, due to the poorly implemented manual verification process, millions of SIMs registered have been rendered invalid because of non-verification of these IDs electronically with the databases of the Card Issuing Agencies.

“The Ministry has consulted all relevant stakeholders and hereby announces that from 1st January 2020, we will all be required to re-register our SIM cards. Any SIM card which is not registered will be deactivated by June 2020, giving a six-month time frame for this exercise. We entreat all citizens, residents and visitors to cooperate to ensure the success of this exercise for our collective security,” she said.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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‘Pastor’ steals musical instruments from another church to start his

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A self-acclaimed pastor Matthew Osika has been arrested by the Berekum Police in the Bono Region after stealing musical instruments of the Methodist church in other to establish his own church.

The instruments mynewsgh gathered, belonged to Amankokwaa Methodist Church in the Berekum West District but some criminals broke into the church and made away with the instruments.

Though the matter had been reported to the police who confirmed they were investigating the theft, it turned out that the musical instruments were packed in the home of the suspect who claimed he also bought them from someone he refused to name to start his own church.

According to a senior member of the church one Paul Asante Bonah, they had been tipped the items were in the home of the suspect so they, in turn, informed the police and subsequently went to the suspect’s house where he was arrested upon seeing the instruments in his room.
In his caution statement, Matthew Osika claimed he bought the instruments from individuals to start a church but did not bother to ascertain the true ownership of the items before paying for them.

Some of the instruments are organs, guitar, microphones, speakers, combos, fans and many and a console.

Suspect Mathew Osika is set to be arraigned before court on charges of conspiracy, stealing and unlawful entry while police say they are conducting further investigations to ensure that there are no accomplices in the matter.

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Hundreds of market women welcome 2019 Christmas with their dancing shoes

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