SIM card registration deadline will not be extended – Communications Minister

The Communication Ministry has reported it won’t extend the cutoff time for the nationwide SIM card registration exercise after July 31, 2022.

As indicated by the Sector Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Ministry and every single pertinent party, including the National Communication Authority (NCA) and the telcos have made a ton of compromises to guarantee all Ghanaians register their cards.

“The Ministry continues to monitor the SIM registration process and holds regular meetings with all network operators, service providers, and the NCA to devise strategies to facilitate the registration exercise and resolve identified challenges.

“The deadline for the exercise was extended by four months and it will end on the 31st of July, 2022. It will not be extended again – and I take this opportunity to urge everyone who has not yet registered their SIM Card to do,” she said on the floor of Parliament.

At an earlier engagement in the Ahafo Region, Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful noted that consequently, all unregistered SIM cards would be deactivated by the end of July.

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She, thusly, encouraged mobile phone users to try to enroll their cards to remain connected.

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She said that the SIM card registration was fundamental on the grounds that the activity would significantly help the nation in its endeavors to put an end to internet and cybercrimes that had become more modern.

“There is no way we are going to extend the deadline again,” she stressed.

In the interim, the Member of Parliament for South Dayi, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor says there are justifiable reasons behind why some people have not been able to register for the Ghana card which is a key prerequisite for the SIM card registration.

“The difficulty on the ground is that, for instance, in South Dayi, it takes somebody 150 Ghana cedis to travel to Peki just to go and queue and get registered when the card is not immediately available – he or she has to come back and return [later for the card].

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“Because of this small economic barrier, it’s a disincentive for them to be traveling to the district center to get registered. Our plea is that the officers who are stationed at the district office for NIA should do zonal registration [but] they don’t want to do that,” he noted.

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