Hundreds of Sengerema residents responds TCRA biometric registration

18Oct 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Hundreds of Sengerema residents responds TCRA biometric registration

HUNDREDS of residents in Sengerema District have turned up at the campaign aimed at enhancing public knowledge and awareness on the ongoing biometric sim card registration.

Eng. Francis Mihayo

The campaign is carried out by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) in collaboration with the National Identification Authority (NIDA), mobile phone operators, and police through cybercrime department.

Speaking at Nyehunge grounds in the District, Head of TCRA in Lake Zone, Eng. Francis Mihayo said the registration campaign was held in Kome and Maisome areas on October 11 and 12, this year and target was to reach   as many people as possible.

“We’re encouraged with the number of people who turned up in the campaign and this shows that people are aware of the importance of biometric registration,” he said.

Eng Francis said that the authority is well prepared to ensure that it reaches all owners of sim cards in the area.

He said that since its commencement, the campaign has reached 16 regions in the country thus enabling people to recognize the importance of the biometric registration.

He urged Sengerema residents to utilize the opportunity by ensuring that they come out to register their sim cards for smooth communications ahead of the deadline in December 31, this year.

“Only three months left to the deadline, so it is better for everyone to make sure that he/she is being registered through this new system,” he added.

In May the government through Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) directed all Subscriber Identification Module (Sim) cards to biometrically register their lines by the end of the year.

In March, last year, the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) launched a pilot project to register Sim cards using the technology.

The exercise was conducted in Zanzibar and Dodoma, Dar es Salaam, Coast Region, Singida, Tanga and Iringa regions.

According to the regulator, the move was meant to get rid of dishonest Sim card users and registration agents who harboured malicious intentions, including committing crimes.

Subscribers will have to register their Sim cards through biometric technology, using NIDA IDs or at least a Nida registration number by December 31.