Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Ghana’s Minister of Communications and Digitalization, has cautioned that the registration deadline for SIM cards will not be extended for a second time.
To accommodate the nearly 7.5 million citizens and residents who had yet to receive their Ghana Cards, the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT) decided to prolong the exercise, which had initially been slated to expire on March 31, 2022, until July 31, 2022.
More than 12 million Ghanaians, according to the Minister, have already linked their Ghana Cards to their SIM cards to make mobile payments.s
Speaking at a forum by the National Communications Authority (NCA) in Kumasi, she stated that the exercise will ultimately help build a credible and safe SIM Card database in Ghana.
“Most people access their internet through their mobile devices. We must make sure that they do so safely. We must make it difficult for the criminals who hack our systems and defraud us through multiple online channels to operate, and this SIM registration exercise is one of the steps the government is taking in that regard. Essentially this stresses the point that this exercise will enable the establishment of a subscriber database with integrity to keep the consumers safe from scams and fraud.”
“I therefore take this opportunity to urge all those who’ve not registered their SIM cards to do so as the deadline of 31st July, 2022 will not be extended,” she added.