The Minister of Communications Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has announced that government will commence the national re-registration of mobile Subscriber Identify Module (SIM) cards on October 1, this year.
She made this known at a press briefing on Sunday, 5th September 2021.
According to her, this will allow the government to monitor and track down persons who use their mobile phones for criminal activities.
The exercise which will last for 6months will end on 31st March 2022.
“Only the National ID card, the Ghana card, issued to an individual shall be used for registration of Sim cards of citizens, foreign residents in Ghana and foreigners staying in Ghana for more than 90 days”.
“Foreigners visiting Ghana can acquire a SIM card using the passport or travel card but they can only use the SIM card for 30 days after which it will be deactivated. Foreigners intending to use the SIM card for more than 30 days would have to obtain a non-citizen Ghana card to do so” she said.
The Vice president Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia recently disclosed at the 5th CEO Summit in Accra that plans are underway to ensure that Ghanaians with sim cards register them using the National Identification Card also known as Ghana card.
Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful explained eligible persons who can take part in the exercise are those above the age of 15 years.
Aside from that, Ghanaians can only register a total of 10 SIM cards across all networks while foreigners will have a limit of three SIM cards across all networks.
“Let me caution here that people should not think that they can hide behind businesses and register as many SIM cards as they want. All SIM cards registered to a business will be linked to a shareholder or director and if a business SIM card is found to have been engaged in fraudulent activity, that shareholder will be held personally liable,” she stated.
She added that the Ghana Card will make the exercise possible as earlier attempts by the ministry proved futile.
“This isn’t the first attempt to register SIM cards. All attempts failed because of the lack of a verifiable, secure identification document. The Ghana card provides the basis for a successful SIM registration this time around.
“When undertaken correctly, as we intend to do, it will reduce or limit fraudulent or criminal activities, help authorities ascertain the correct number of valid and accurate Sims on the networks. Enable operators to build better demographics of their customer base and help them develop products and services to suit the various groupings”.
She further stated that any sim which isn’t reregistered at the end of the exercise will be blocked.
Story by: Seworvi Elizabet Lebene | univrersnewsroom.com