SIM registration: Unregistered subscribers frustrated at process; call for another extension

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Some mobile subscribers have expressed frustration at the ongoing SIM card registration processes.

According to some telephony subscribers, the processes are fraught with long queues and delays despite leaving home early to get registered.

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The complaint comes as the extended deadline for SIM card re-registration elapses today, Friday, September 30, 2022.

Speaking on Angel News, a concerned Ghanaian lamented that she has been to the office of her network provider for days but has not been successful in registering her SIM.

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Another lamented that she hasn’t received her Ghana Card yet therefore, she cannot proceed to register her sim.

“Since the commencement of the Ghana Card, I have not received my card. I have not gone to work despite having six children to feed. I’ve been here since dawn yet the line is not moving…we don’t like what is happening”, a lady complained to Mubarack Yakubu.

A male source stated that “when they block my sim, it will adversely affect me…that’s what I work with but people are many and each person spends about 20 minutes…when will we all finish?”

They are therefore calling on the sector minister to extend the deadline again so that many more Ghanaians can be registered.

Angel News checks at some registration centres such as Abeka Junction, Circle Vodafone Office, Ring Road shows that some subscribers have massed up in long queues to get their SIM cards registered before close of the deadline to avoid punitive measures.

The Minister for Communication and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful on September 7, cautioned mobile telephony subscribers to re-register their SIM cards or risk facing sanctions.

While reminding Ghanaians about the approaching deadline, she said service providers should not be held liable for any punitive measures that would apply after the deadline.

In a Facebook post she warned that “if you suffer that fate as a result of your own inaction, kindly do not blame your service provider.”

Any SIM that has not yet been completely registered will be unable to use voice and Internet services. Afterward, using unregistered SIMs will be more expensive as part of the sanctions outlined.

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