The Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has asked Ghanaians who haven’t completed their SIM card re-registration process to be patriotic citizens to see to the completion of the process.
According to the Minister in a statement issued on Monday, October 17, 2022, there are almost 10 million people who have already done Stage 1 of the registration by linking their cards to the Ghana Card but are yet to go through Stage 2 to complete the process.
This she describes as a worry to the whole process of seeking one database to protect the country against fraud, promote collective security and advance the country’s transformational digital agenda for international recognition.
To avoid any blockage against such persons who have refused to complete the full process of the exercise, the Ministry has given until the end of October adding that, it is not extending the September 30, 2022 deadline.
“All SIM Cards that have been linked to Ghana Cards (i.e. completed Stage 1 registration), but have not completed their Stage 2 registration will be blocked from the end of October. This is not an extension of the deadline but a temporary moratorium to encourage these individuals to complete the process.
“If they have any peculiar challenges, they should contact the NCA. These good people have the Ghana card, have started the process and will be encouraged to complete it with this gentle reminder. All other unregistered SIMs will also be blocked progressively. The NCA is in discussions with the NIA on registered amputees and other categories of persons and will make an announcement shortly on arrangements made to accommodate them. The provision made earlier for SIMs active outside Ghana and diplomats still stand” part of the statement reads.
While the ministry acknowledged that some of the citizens have had difficulties obtaining Ghana Cards to enable them to undertake their registration, it further added that about 1.3 million Ghanaians have also been issued their Ghana cards but have not collected them.
“This is regrettable, and we will continue to engage the National Identification Authority to expedite the process,” it added.
For persons who have registered more than ten (10) SIM cards for personal use in contravention of the SIM card registration directive of 10 SIMs per person, the culprits, as a matter of urgency, have been asked to delink the unwanted SIM Cards immediately for it is an offence and punishable by law.
The statement added that excess SIM cards over the individual limit of 10 SIMs per person will be removed from the database and blocked adding that only institutions can register more than 10 SIM cards under the registration directive.
“Let me remind all SIM card vendors that it is an offence to pre-register and sell SIM cards”.
The National Communications Authority (NCA) has further been directed to conduct mystery shopping and enforce the law against those miscreants.
“If found guilty, they [vendors] could be imprisoned for up to 5 years,” Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful added in the statement.