Government extends SIM card re-registration exercise

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The Minister for Communication and Digitalisation, Madam Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has announced the extension of the deadline for the nationwide sim cards re-register exercise to September 30, 2022.

The Minister announced the extension of the deadline while addressing media personnel on Sunday, July 31, 2022, in Accra.

According to the minister, the extension was considered owning to the challenges registrants are facing over the issuance or acquisition of their National Identification Cards.

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“The MNOs and the NCA (and I dare say the NIA too) have all engaged additional staff, procured the necessary logistics and are incurring significant expenses to conduct this exercise successfully. Any extension of the process increases their cost.

“Upon consultation with the industry and in view of the challenges enumerated above, I have very reluctantly decided to grant a final 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” she said.

The Minister noted that the exercise will be reviewed at the end of this month (July) 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.

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“It will also be more expensive to use unregistered SIMs. The full range of punitive measures will be announced at another press briefing in September. Kindly do not blame your service provider when you suffer that fate due to your own inaction. To be forewarned is to be forearmed,” says Ursula Owusu.

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