The new deadline for sim registration in Ghana is September 30th, according to the Ministry of Communication and Digitalization.
In a news conference held today in Accra, the sector minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, revealed this.
“The programme will be extended to 30 September to end the anniversary of its commencement which will give us a full year. Any sim that has not been registered by end of August will be barred from receiving services.,” she said.
This extension was granted as a result of numerous Ghanaians’ complaints regarding the Ministry’s deadline of July 31.
In a previous interview, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful stated that the government would not extend the deadline.
The Minister advised Ghanaians and everyone else who has not yet registered their SIM cards to take advantage of current opportunity before it expires on July 31, 2022.
At a National Communications Authority (NCA) forum in Kumasi, she made this statement.
“I therefore take this opportunity to urge all those who’ve not registered their SIM cards to do so as the deadline of 31st July, 2022 will not be extended,” she said.
She added that the exercise will hopefully assist Ghana in creating a reliable and secure SIM Card database.
“Most people access their 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 noted.
The re-registration of SIM cards initially started on October 1, 2021 and was expected to end on March 31, 2022. However, because the majority of Ghanaians hadn’t yet received their Ghana cards, the Ministry extended it until July 31, 2022.
The only national identity card that can be used for for SIM registration is the Ghana card.