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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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Ada Sec Tech Records Seven Students Positive of coronavirus

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Seven understudies of the Ada Senior High Technical School (ASTECH) at Sege in the Greater Accra Region, have tried positive to COVID-19, fourteen days after school revived.

 

 

 

 

Mr Adzoteye Lawer Akrofi, Ada West District Chief Executive, affirming this to the Ghana News Agency, said the principal positive case recorded in the school was a female who was fell wiped out around scarcely any days after school revived.

Mr Akrofi showed that extra six were affirmed positive after her contacts were followed, including that more examples had been taken from the two understudies and staff for testing.

 

 

 

 

He said the seven tainted understudies were at present in detachment and accepting treatment out of grounds, including that measures had been set up to control COVID-19 spread in the school saying “there is no reason to get excited”.

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Sad News: Previous General Secretary of NPP, Sir John Is Dead

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Previous General Secretary of NPP, Sir John Is Dead The famous attorney died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after a short disease

Until his passing, Sir John was the CEO of the ranger service commission of Ghana.

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JustIn: Over 22 Persons Recorded With Covid-19 Symptoms At A Registration Centre

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The Korle-Bu Police Station enrollment focus inside the Ablekuma South District of the Greater Accra Region recognized more than 20 people looking to enlist for the voter ID card introducing side effects of COVID-19 at the middle.
As indicated by one of the Health Officers positioned at the enlistment community, Rabiatu Braimah, these people had high temperatures, were hacking or had a virus.
Every individual at an enlistment place has their temperature taken by wellbeing work force paying special mind to temperatures above 37.6 degrees.

Rabiatu Braimah noticed that they recorded figures as high as 39.6 degrees, “which is a touch of disturbing”.
“Not simply the temperature, these are individuals who are giving us manifestations of hack, cold and some are attempting to be brilliant about it, however once you persevere, they disclose to you they have had a hack for about seven days,” she clarified.

Individuals with high temperatures are put beside different people and re-tested.

There are individuals we return to check and you understand the temperature returns to typical. Others, it rather continues raising,” she reviewed.

For people whose temperature don’t drop, they call for “fortifications” she stated, without determining in the event that they are tried for the infection.

“We don’t generally set up any mentality to cause them to feel victimized. We attempt to clarify and they have been helpful.”

The EC has just given a sign of the wellbeing conventions it would like to submit to as the enlistment continues however snippets of data got demonstrate that it has been a battle to hold fast to social removing.

In addition to other things, it is required to wear face veils at the enlistment communities, individuals’ temperatures are to be checked before one is permitted into the enrollment place and there ought to be running water accessible for handwashing.

 

 

 

 

Lines are additionally expected to have one-meter holes between people arranging to enlist. The scanners should be cleaned and people who complete the enlistment procedure are to be furnished with hand sanitisers before they leave the inside.

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