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Notable Ghanaians Declare Feb. 8 ‘No Calls Day’ To Protest SIM Card Re-Registration

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Notable Ghanaians Declare Feb. 8 ‘No Calls Day’ To Protest SIM Card Re-Registration
A group of notable Ghanaian personalities who have identified themselves as Concerned Mobile Network Subscribers have served notice of boycotting the ongoing SIM card re-registration exercise.

According to them, they are ready to risk losing their SIM cards; hence, have set aside Tuesday, February 8, to embark on a nationwide protest dubbed ‘No Calls Day’.

They added, “any attempt to impose this [SIM card re-registration] on subscribers or block their lines would amount to an infringement on their property rights.”

“On that day, we call on all Ghanaians not to make or receive phone calls as a way of registering our disquiet about the circus surrounding the SIM card re-registration exercise,” they announced in a release dated January 13, 2022.

The group includes a former Kumbungu Member of Parliament, Ras Mubarak; Dean of UG’s School of Law, Prof. Raymond Atuguba; President and Vice President of IMANI-Africa – Franklin Cudjoe and Kofi Bentil; Private Legal Practitioner, Samson Lardi Anyenini, and Investigative Journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni.

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“The ‘No Calls Day’ boycott on 8th February would be the first in a series of national boycotts to protest the current inhumane process of re-registration of SIM cards.”

“There is no law in Ghana that requires Ghanaian mobile network subscribers to “re-register” their SIM cards,” they argued.

Below are their demands:

  • The National Communication Authority (NCA) should immediately withdraw its directive for mobile network customers to re-register their SIM cards by 31st March 2022.
  • When the appropriate legal framework is in place, a re-registration exercise can be done without having subscribers spend productive hours and several days in long queues in the midst of a ravaging Covid-19 pandemic.
  • There’s understandably a need to eliminate crime. But the fight against criminals must be within the law.
  • We therefore demand that the NCA and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) must come up with a better and innovative way of re-registering the SIM cards by first amending existing law; and secondly to do so without the current inhumane re-registration process we are witnessing.
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They stressed that “if the NCA and the MNOs fail to heed these demands, we shall, starting Tuesday, 8th February, 2022, begin the first of a series of planned boycotts until the rights of customers to be treated with dignity, are respected.”

Other members who signed the release are Kofi Kakraba Pratt, Dr. Kwesi Owusu, James Afedo, Selorm Branttie, Francis Kofi Korankye-Sakyi, Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, Kwame Mfodwo and Michael Ofori-Akuffo.

 

 

 

 

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Ghanaian Pastor , Apostle Vinny Max Bani(AVMB) Tops Trends Over Alleged Exploitation Of Church Members

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Ghanaian self-acclaimed pastor , Apostle Vinny Max Bani , Popularly known as AVMB has allegedly dissolved his church after stories of manipulation and exploitation of church members went viral .

His church, Christ Symbolic Union known popularly as DECAM is on the top of Twitter trends as former members share their experience in his ministry. According to reports , his church has been in operation for over 3 years .

The self acclaimed pastor has according to reports , deleted every information that can be used as evidence against him and has allegedly dissolved the ministry and dissociated himself from it .

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Today Marks 50 Years Since Dr Kwame Nkrumah Died

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Dr Kwame Nkrumah

It has been 50 years since Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, passed away.

Kwame Nkrumah died on April 27, 1972, while battling cancer. Dr Nkrumah was 62 years old when he passed away.

His last breath was not in the country he fought to help attain independence from British colonial rule. Kwame Nkrumah died in Bucharest, Romania.

Dr Nkrumah was overthrown by a coup led by Col. Emmanuel Kwasi Kotoka on February 24, 1966. He was out of the country when his administration was sent to oblivion.

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Since the coup, he had been living in Guinea. Dr Kwame Nkrumah was also the country’s first Prime Minister.

Kwame Nkrumah was part of the founding fathers of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), popularly known as the “Big Six.”

The other members of the Big Six are Ebenezer Ako-Adjei, Edward Akufo-Addo, Joseph Boakye Danquah, Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey and William Ofori-Atta.

Today being a golden jubilee since his death, social media users have lauded Nkrumah for his remarkable achievements.

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Here Is A Full Guide On How To Apply & Renew Passport Online In Ghana 2022

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Ghana Passport

 Here is a full guide on How To Apply for & Renew Passport Online in Ghana in 2022 for persons who would like to apply or renew their passport.

What is a Passport?

A passport is an official document provided by a government that certifies the holder’s identity and citizenship while also allowing them to travel to and from foreign nations under its protection.

It is nearly hard to travel between countries and/or jurisdictions without a passport.

About the Online Passport Application System in Ghana

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ghana introduced the online passport application service in 2017 for Ghanaians to make the application process easier while assuring optimum security for applicants.

This process has now become one of the ways to apply for a Ghanaian passport in the country.

Documents Needed on How To Apply & Renew Passport Online in Ghana 2022

Here are the documents applicants are required to have in order to successfully apply or renew a passport in Ghana.

For New/Fresh Applicants

  1. Birth Certificate
  2. A Valid ID Card Such as such as Driver’s Licence, Ghana Card, etc.
  3. Proof of Profession
  • If the applicant is actively employed, a work ID card with the applicant’s name, organization’s name, and position is required.
  • If the candidate is currently enrolled in school, they must provide a student ID.
  • Self-employed and registered business owners must present their business registration certificate as proof.
  • Unemployed candidates and those in the non-formal sector of employment, such as mechanics, hairdressers, etc do not require proof.

For Renewing Applicants

  1. First page and bio-data page with picture and information page
  2. Valid Visa if applicant has any in Old Passport
  3. Last page
  4. Proof of Profession if changed
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Types of Passport Applications in Ghana 2022

There are two different kinds of applications.

  1. Standard Application: This type takes more time to process.
  2. Expedited Application (Express): This takes less time to process.
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There are 32 or 48 booklet pages in each of these applications.

Price/Fee for Passport Application Processing 2022

# NAME PROCESSING FEES
1 Expedited Application 48 Pages GHS 200.00
2 Expedited Application 32 Pages GHS 150.00
3 Standard Application 32 Pages GHS 100.00
4 Standard Application 48 Pages GHS 150.00

Payment Channels for Processing Fees

# BANK CHANNELS
1 Ecobank Ghana VISA & MasterCard, MTN Mobile Money, Vodafone Cash.
2 GCB Bank Vodafone Cash.
3 Ghana.Gov Branches nationwide.
4 Zenith Bank Ghana MTN Mobile Money, Vodafone Cash, VISA & MasterCard.

How To Apply & Renew Passport Online in Ghana 2022

Kindly follow the steps below to apply for a Passport via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website:

  1. Visit the passport application website via https://passport.mfa.gov.gh/  
  2. Click on “New User? Register Here”
  3. Click on “Sign Up” to create a new account on the “Ghana.gov.gh” website you will be redirected to Ghana.gov.gh Passport Application Portal
  4. Fill in your details And click Continue
  5. A One Time Password (OPT) would be sent to the phone number provided. Enter the OTP and Click continue to Apply
  6. Search for the Passport Office and Click Apply
  7. You would be redirected to a different page
  8. Click on “Authorize” to enable the application share your details with the Passport Application portal
  9. You will be redirected to the passport application platform where you will be given the chance to make purchase or input a voucher for the new passport application

You have the option of choosing the Passport Application Centre (PAC) that is closest to you or the one that you want. Once you’ve done that, schedule a visit to the PAC to have your documents verified and your biometric information taken (i.e. photograph and fingerprints). While you wait for your appointment date, you can print the completed form and give it to your guarantor to fill up.

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Visiting the Passport Application Center

Once you have your signed paperwork, you can go to the Passport Application Center of your choice on the scheduled appointment day. Your documents will be checked, and your biometric information will be collected. Following your visit, the PAC will notify you when your passport is available to be picked up.

Obtain your Ghanaian passport

When your Passport is ready to be picked up, you will be notified through SMS. When you hear this notice, go to the Passport Application Centre where you conducted your biometrics to pick up your Ghana passport.

Ghana Passport Application Centers

Online applications are currently handled by 22 application centers across the country.

You can choose any of them during the application process, and you’ll go there for biometrics and to pick up your passport once it’s ready.

The following is a list of Passport Application Centres in Ghana where you can complete your biometric application and where you can find them:

# LOCATION ADDRESS
1 Accra PAC Kinbu Road (Old Foreign Affairs)
2 Kumasi PAC Guggisberg Road, Opposite PWD, Adum, Ministries
3 Takoradi PAC Ghana Immigration Head Quarters (Within the Regional Administration)
4 Sunyani PAC Adjacent to Jubilee (shares a wall with the Park)
5 Ho PAC Regional Administration (Shares building with Immigration)
6 Tamale PAC Police Park (Old Library)
7 Ridge PAC Ridge
8 Premium PAC – Accra Accra Digital Center, Adjacent State Housing Company, Ring Road West, Accra
9 Tema PAC Former IRS Office, Community 4, Tema
10 Koforidua PAC PWD Office, SSNIT Office Area, Koforidua.
11 Premuim PAC – Kumasi 2nd Floor, Thankful Heights Building, Adum, Kumasi
12 Premium PAC – Tamale 2nd Floor, Pension Tower, Tamale
13 Cape Coast PAC Opposite Ford Station
14 Wa PAC Block C, Regional Coordination Council, Wa

Please keep in mind that Premium Passport Application Centers in Ghana offer a more expedited and VIP experience for a fee.

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