The Director of Legal at the National Communication Authority, Dr Poku Adusei, has dispelled allegations that the biodata of Ghanaian telecommunication subscribers collected in the ongoing SIM re-registration exercise is being managed by a private entity.
He was responding to a publication by GhanaWeb in which a vice president of IMANI Center for Policy Education, Selorm Banttie, accused the government of entrusting the biodata of Ghanaians in the hands of a Kenyan company.
In a Facebook post, Dr Adusei pointed out that contrary to the assertions of the IMANI vice president, the data being collected in the ongoing SIM re-registration exercise is not stored or managed by telecommunication networks or the company responsible for developing the application being used for the exercise.
The NCA Director of Legal further noted that the centralized database for the collected biodata is rather hosted by the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) and that the government agency is duly designated by law to manage the data of subscribers.
“For your information and education, the SIM registration data is not stored by any private entity. Telcos don’t store the Central data collected. The App developer doesn’t store the data either. The centralised database is rather hosted by the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) at the National Data Centre. NITA is a govt agency duly designated in accordance with law to be the custodian of the Central SIM Register. Stop the deceit!” he stated.
The government of Ghana has asked telecommunication service providers to collect the biodata of all subscribers by end of March 2022.
According to the government, subscribers who fail to register their SIM cards using the Ghana card risk having their numbers deactivated at the end of the deadline.
The exercise which has been fraught with challenges has led to several concerns being raised by critics.
Selorm Branttie, a vice president with IMANI Centre for Policy Education (IMANI Africa), alleged that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has entrusted the biometric data of Ghanaians into the hands of a Kenyan company.
According to him, the said company’s track record in biometric data systems is registering a single company, Soy Farmers, in the country.
In a post sighted by GhanaWeb on his Facebook timeline, Branttie explained, “After the complaints being made by agents of the SIM card registration activity and the bottlenecks, I decided this evening to figure out exactly what was going on.
“This post here reveals some very interesting, if not worrying information that I believe every Ghanaian should be concerned about, regardless of your race, creed or loyalty,” he said.
Source; my news gh