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The Minister for Communications and Digitalization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has cautioned the general public that the deadline for the registration of SIM cards with the Ghana card will not be extended.
The Minister, Speaking at a forum by the National Communications Authority (NCA) in Kumasi stated that the exercise will ultimately help build a credible and safe SIM card database in Ghana.
The registration exercise started on October 1st 2021, was scheduled to end on 31st March 2022 but was however extended by the Ministry to 31st July 2022, due to the fact that over 7.5 million citizens and residents at the time, were yet to obtain their Ghana Card, to enable them register their SIM cards.
She indicated that over, 12 million Ghanaians have so far been able to link their Ghana cards to their SIM cards. Most people access the 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.”
She went on to urge all to who are yet to undertake the registration exercise to take the opportunity to register their SIM cards before the deadline of 31st July 2022.