Ghana’s Ministry of Communication has directed NCA to disconnect all counterfeit mobile phones using in the country amid health and security risks.
The ministry has instructed the National Communications Authority to communicate with mobile network operators in the country to understand the threat which, the use of fake mobile phones poses to Ghanaians. It further said that high radiation emission in counterfeit mobile phones has caused serious health issues.
George Andah, Deputy Minister of Communications made this known during a flag-hoisting event to celebrate this year World Telecommunications day. National Communications Authority, International Telecommunication Union and UNO also attended the event organized in Accra.
Mr. Andah revealed that nowadays, provision of standard phones to the public has become a challenge for most developing countries. Our government is taking steps to standardize the communication sector. The deficiency of true Equipment Identity number (IMEI) in phones poses serious health issues due to radiation emission. Police cannot trace or track mobiles without the IMEI which lead to an escalation in crime.
Luckily, we do have NCA which possess the measures, need to test electronic devices either these meet the standard or not. Many African countries have banned on the use of such devices amid health and security reasons.
Meanwhile, more than five million phones reached annually but only 40% of taxes paid by the consumers. Ministry will soon make a framework to bound the users to pay duties on handsets to network provider. If a mobile phone came from outside then users have to pay taxes to connect it to a network.
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