New deadline for SIM re-registration too short – MoMo agents association

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The Mobile Money Agents Association has said the two months extension announced by the government is not enough time to guarantee that all Ghanaians would re-register their SIM cards.

According to Secretary of the Mobile Money Agents Association, Evans Otumfuor, most persons who have failed to register have challenge in accessing their Ghana Cards.

He therefore pleaded for a six-month period within which he believes majority of the unregistered would have completed the process.

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“Looking at the exigencies that government wants us to regularise our credentials with the Ghana Card, we were thinking that at least, within a space of six months, it should be enough for us to get quite a good number of people”, he said in a Citi News interview.

The Secretary of  the Association stated that the extension would only achieve its target if problems facing the National Identification Authority (NIA) are properly addressed.

The concerns of the Momo Agents comes after Minister for Communication and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, announced the extension of the deadline for the nationwide sim cards re-register exercise to September 30, 2022.

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The extension comes after many Ghanaians raised concerns that they couldn’t meet the July 31, deadline given by government for the SIM card re-registration excercise.

Per government’s directives, SIM cards that are not re-registered would be de-activated.

The aim of the ongoing exercise is to to help law enforcement agencies to identify SIM card owners, track criminals who use phones for illegal activities, curb phone theft, hate text messaging, mobile fraud activities, and SIM Box fraud.

Meanwhile, a self-service sim card re-registration app will be launched on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

According to the minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the app will assist the general public to re-register their sim cards in their comfort zones without going through the challenges of queuing at the exercise centers.

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