The Minister of Communications and Digitalisation,Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has stated emphatically that the SIM card re-registration would not be extended after the 31st July, 2022 deadline.
According to her, there are no longer queues at the registration centres and people who are yet to do their SIM registration should endevour to do so before the deadline.
Even though it was brought to her attention that some people are genuinely facing challenges with the Ghana Card registration to enable them complete the sim registration, she responded, the challenges not withstanding there would be no extension of the deadline.
Importance of the SIM card Re-registration
The SIM registration exercise according to the Minister will among others
• Reduce or eliminate fraudulent and criminal activities facilitated by mobile phones or sim enabled devices,
• Help authorities ascertain the real number of valid and accurate SIMs on the mobile networks,
• Enable operators to build better demographics of their customer base and help them develop products and services to suit these various groupings.
• The National Communications Authority (NCA) will also have a more accurate and credible database to regulate the industry better.
• SIM Registration will enhance economic growth as more confidence is built in the telecommunications sector and people utilize secure devices to access mobile-based digital solutions, both private and public.
• It will minimize mobile money fraud, promote cybersecurity and support financial inclusion.
More so, the Minister said a credible and reliable SIM Register will serve as a database giving comprehensive statistics regarding the number of subscribers in Ghana and provide a resource for tracking fraudsters and criminals. The exercise which was expected to end on 31% March 2022 has been extended to 31% July 2022.