We will deal with communication fraudsters – Govt

Stakeholders within the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card registration value chain such as subscribers, agents of mobile money network and agents of mobile network operators have been given a stern warning to ‘stay clean’ in their deals to prevent the wrath of the government.

The aforementioned entities, if found guilty in any deal that is contrary to the Electronic Communications Amendment Act of the state, would not be spared but rather face rigorous action at the law court.

Speaking at a town hall conference organised by the Ministry of Information in Accra yesterday, the sector Minister, Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, hinted that the government would soon clamp down on defaulters within the electronic communication chain, and make sure they are penalised for their wrong deeds if guilty.

He said that henceforth, the government is going to ensure strict compliance of the law, and he (the minister) is giving a last warning to anyone involved in such businesses in the country to put a stop to any of such actions or deeds.

According to him, some unhealthy deficiencies in the communication industry that is often reported like mobile money fraud, illegal SIM card swap, termination of international traffic in the country, comes from the sale of pre-registered SIM cards, the use of pre-registered SIM cards, and the use of fraudulently registered SIM cards.

The legal instrument governing electronic communications in the country, the Electronic Communications Amendment Act, (LI 2006) Section 73 (B), clearly stipulates: Persons shall not deal in pre-registered subscriber identity module(s). Any person who deals in pre-registered subscriber identity module(s) or user identity module commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than 3,000 penalty units, or to a term of imprisonment not more than 5 years.
“The government assures the general public that it is committed to building a strong, secure and resilient communications industry for the benefit of the citizenry and the entire country.

Government also encourages all subscribers to verify the authenticity of their SIM registration by dialing *400# on any network, and for any information to assist government on this exercise, citizens can call 0800-110-622,” Mr. Oppong Nkrumah said.

The Chronicle, therefore, pushed further to find out when this action would take effect in the country, but the Minister said only said: “It is going to be soon, and it is coming, so we are by this message warning them.”

He mentioned that Cabinet had also approved a sum of 55 million Euros for the rehabilitation of a 100 kilometre inner city road infrastructural network and street project for some communities within the Ashanti Region.
The Minister said the facility is an agreement between the Government of Ghana and the Deutsche Bank. He added that some other works to be done on the roads within Kumasi include road line mapping and installation of road markings, traffic signs and installation of traffic devices, and the rehabilitation of drainage facilities.
The areas, which would see this facelift, include Bantama Sub-metro, Manhyia, Suame, Oforikrom, Kwadaso, Subin, Nhyiaeso, Tafo Pankrono and Asokwa, all in the Ashanti Region.
He said it is expected that parliamentarians would consider this request as approved by Cabinet, after debating over it in Parliament, and this project which would improve upon the nation’s socio-economic development is expected to be done within two years.
As part of measures to attain the Sustainable Development Goal 6, Mr. Oppong Nkrumah went on that Cabinet had also approved the implementation rural urban water supply project for 450 communities within the Greater Accra, Volta, Ashanti and Eastern regions, using advanced technology from the United Kingdom.
This project would also be executed within 18 months. “It is also to improve the delivery of sanitation and hygiene services in these areas,” he added.

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