Hundreds turn up biometric registration awareness campaign in Mafia

08Nov 2019
The Guardian
Hundreds turn up biometric registration awareness campaign in Mafia

HUNDREDS of residents in the Indian Ocean Mafia Island yesterday came out in large numbers to the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) campaign, which is aimed at enhancing public knowledge and awareness on the ongoing biometric registration.

In the campaign dubbed 'auction to auction', TCRA is working in collaboration with mobile phone operators, police through cybercrime department, the National Identification Authority (NIDA) and immigration department.

Speaking at Kilindoni grounds in the district, Head of TCRA in Eastern Zone, Eng Lawi Odiero said that since its commencement, the campaign has reached 17 regions in the country thus enabling people to recognise the importance of the biometric registration.

He urged Mafia 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.

He said that the authority is well prepared to ensure that it reaches all owners of sim cards while capacitating them with essential communication education and addressing various challenges facing consumers.

 “Apart from normal communication education, the authority in collaboration with mobile phone operators and police through cybercrime department, educates the public on safe use of communication and cybercrime issues,” he added.

Meanwhile, TCRA senior communication officer Mabel Masasi said; “Our target is to reach as many people as possible. “We’re encouraged with the number of people who turned up in the campaign.”

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

In March, TCRA launched a pilot project to register Sim cards using the technology 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.

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