Ghana Extends SIM Card Re-registration to September 30  

Ghana Card and SIM card

Accra, Ghana//-Ghana today “reluctantly” extended its nationwide SIM cards re-registration exercise to September 30, 2022, following public outcry.

The Minister for Communication and Digitalisation, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful who announced the extension of the deadline some few minutes ago, said: “Upon consultation with the industry and in view of the challenges enumerated above, I have very reluctantly decided to grant a conditional extension.

The program will be extended to 30th September to end on the anniversary of its commencement.”

“That will give us one full year of SIM registration. It will be reviewed at the end of this month and any SIM that has not been fully registered by the end of August will be barred from receiving certain services including voice and data services,” she said.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said despite the challenges with the Ghana Card – long queues among others – many Ghanaians failed to register their SIM cards after the deadline was extended.

She however insisted that the September 30 deadline would not be extended again.

Statistics

“The statistics indicate that there was a 90% drop in SIM reregistration as soon as the first deadline was extended on 21st March. Until a week ago there were no cues, people started going to register when they realised that deadline was imminent after going to sleep.”

“The mobile network operators, NCA, and the NIA have all engaged additional staff, procured the necessary logistics and are incurring significant expenses to conduct this exercise Succesful, any extension of the process increases their cost,” she added.

This comes at the time that many Ghanaians besieged telecom outlets across nationwide in a desperate attempt to register their SIM cards ahead of the second deadline on Sunday, July 31.

Checks revealed that about 7.9m Ghanaians were expected to lose SIM cards by the deadline.

The country’s 2021 Population and Housing Census also revealed that 19.9 million Ghanaians are 15 years and above older.

Out of this, only 15.7 million of them have been able to obtain their Ghana Cards according to the 2022 mid-year budget review statement.

Of the 19.9 million, just 12 million, according to the Minister of Communications and Digitisation, have been able to fully register their SIM cards.

Meanwhile, she announced that a self SIM registration app would be launched next week to help people register in the comfort of their homes.

African Eye Report