A former head of the National Identification Authority Dr. William Ahadzie has called on the government to halt the ongoing SIM card re-registration and embark on further consultation.
According to him, it is not appropriate for telcos in the country to be allowed to undertake biometric enrolment of their customers.
It comes after the massive public anger over queues and delays associated with the reregistration process.
“In the ID world, it is advisable to build only one National biometric (civil) register.
In Ghana, the law allows only the NIA to establish a national BIOMETRIC Register and to share such biometric data with USER agencies under strict conditions (because of the high risk of identity theft ),” he said a statement Thursday.
He added: “Every individual with a phone who has a Ghanacard already has his/her biometrics captured by NIA and stored in the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).