THE National Communications Authority (NCA), on behalf of all mobile telecommunications operators in the country, donated some communication items valued at GH¢240,000 to the National Identification Authority (NIA) in Accra yesterday.
The items were made up of mobile telephone handsets, modems, airtime and Short Message Service (SMS) broadcasts.
Out of the items presented, KASAPA contributed 50 Amgoo 128 Mobile handsets with five Ghana cedis airtime on each phone together with one homework phone, while Onetouch contributed 240 handsets.
tiGO contributed 200 handsets with four Ghana Cedis airtime on each phone and two rounds of SMS broadcasts, while MTN contributed 180 handsets, 12 modems and two rounds of SMS broadcasts.
Presenting the items, the Director-General of the NCA, Mr Bernard Forson Jnr, said the presentation was in response to an appeal by the NIA for assistance to support the national mass registration exercise.
He said the support was in recognition of the fact that the establishment of a National Identification System (NIS) would reduce thefts even in the communication industry and protect subscribers.
The Executive Secretary of the NIA, Prof. Ernest Dumor, receiving the items commended the four companies for responding to the appeal.
He said the technical consultants to the project had suggested the use of satellite in transmitting data collected to the central site of the NIA.
That, according to him, would have cost about $7 million.
Prof. Dumor said in their deployment of the Mobile Registration Workstations (MRWs) there was the need for efficient and easy communication in instances where there was a technical hitch and the equipment needed to be taken for servicing.
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