The ongoing SIM card deactivation in Ghana has taken an unexpected turn as it has been revealed that even the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, had his official SIM card disconnected. The revelation was made by Samuel Nartey George, the Ningo Prampram Lawmaker, during a parliamentary session on Tuesday.
George called for an urgent briefing from the Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, regarding the mass deactivation of SIM cards. He emphasized that the exercise has had a significant impact on people’s livelihoods.
Addressing the Parliament, George stated, “We should have this briefing today if possible because we are talking about over 8 million SIM cards that have been disconnected, including even the SIM card of Mr. Speaker of Parliament himself. His official SIM card was disconnected, even though it was registered in the name of the Parliament for Ghana.”
He further highlighted that individuals from various professions, including judges, lawyers, doctors, and other Members of Parliament, also had their SIM cards disconnected. George himself experienced the deactivation of his own SIM card.
The deactivation of unregistered SIM cards follows a directive from the National Communications Authority (NCA). The objective of this exercise is to enforce compliance with regulations and ensure that all SIM cards are properly registered in the country.
However, the revelation that even high-profile individuals, such as the Speaker of Parliament, had their SIM cards deactivated raises concerns about the effectiveness and potential issues surrounding the process. George’s call for a briefing from the Minister of Communications and Digitalisation aims to shed light on the matter and provide clarification to the affected individuals and the general public.
It remains to be seen how the Ministry will address the concerns raised and whether any necessary adjustments or reconsiderations will be made in light of the recent revelations.