Nana Defie Badu
Data from the National Communications Authority (NCA) indicate that about 17 million mobile phone subscribers have so far registered their SIM cards since the registration began in September 2021.
Director of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Nana Defie Badu, in an interview with Joy News said, her outfit does not expect all the 42 million subscribers to register their SIM cards since some of them are cards used by fraudsters.
She said “It is difficult to say we are expecting 42 million SIM cards to be totally registered by the end of the registration process. These 42 million active SIM cards we see on our network also include SIMs being used by the fraudsters.
So, we do not expect to see those SIMs registered. It is also possible for people who use multi-SIMs to decide not to register a whole number of SIMs given that every individual has a quota of 10 SIMs to register.”
She also entreated subscribers who have not registered to do so before their SIM cards are blocked.
The NCA, in a statement, has also rolled out punitive actions against unregistered SIM card users.
According to the statement, outgoing calls and data services for a sequential batch of numbers will be blocked for 2 days weekly on a rotational basis.
The regulations are to help law enforcement agencies to identify SIM card owners to reduce activities of fraudsters.