Sam George, the Member of Parliament(MP) for Ningo Prampram, has stated that a class action lawsuit regarding the SIM card re-registration procedure will be brought against the National Communications Authority (NCA) and Ministry of Communications by the end of the next week.
In a class action lawsuit against the Ministry of Communications and NCA for taking punitive actions against people who haven’t re-registered their SIM cards, Mr. George claimed that over 3,000 Ghanaians and Civil Society Organizations have joined.
The congressman questioned the purpose of the rule, claiming that those who had their SIM cards reregistered were equally subject to the penalties.
“We are supporting a number of legal actions, working with civil society and individual Ghanaian citizens. A number of actions are expected starting from Wednesday, challenging a number of issues and seeking redress for a number of Ghanaians.”
“You should start seeing a class action lawsuit from early next week against the telecoms and the Ministry for violating the rights of people on the part of over 3,000 Ghanaians.
We needed to intervene and demand that the correct thing be done since those who had even followed the directive were still being penalised by the Minister’s incompetence, said Mr. George.
Prior to the deadline of September 30th, 2022, SIM card owners in Ghana who have not re-registered their cards have begun to face retaliatory actions as of Monday, September 5, 2022.
However, some Kumasi-based mobile network users who have successfully re-registered their SIM cards claim that the National Communications Authority’s punishments for SIM card owners who are not registered are being applied to them.
Such impacted individuals gathered in large numbers at various Mobile Network Operator locations to demand answers.
Following a mandate from the NCA to force individuals who have the Ghana cards but have yet not registered their SIM cards to do so, Mobile Network Operators started enforcing various punitive steps on unregistered SIM cards.
The NCA and the Attorney-General (A-G) have already been sued by a pressure organization called the People’s Project over the continuing SIM card re-registration effort.
The group is requesting that the Supreme Court annul the registration deadline and any accompanying sanctions for failing to register.