Re-registration of SIM cards begin today

The re-registration of mobile SIM cards across Ghana has commenced today Friday, October 1, 2021.

This is part of government’s efforts to digitize the economy for enhanced accountability and economic growth.

The exercise is expected to add to the Ghana’s central database with unique IDs. The process of registration can be done on one’s phone and does not require a visit to a Telecommunication outlet.

The Ghana Card is used to validate a person’s identity at airports, borders, police check posts and while booking tickets. The emerging Ghana railway travel may require a person to carry their Ghana Card especially if e-tickets are introduced.

The Ministry of Communication has assured the general public it is working to resolve “deficiencies” in SIM card registration in Ghana.

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister of Communication in April this year, said teleco networks have been urged to ensure strict adherance to the SIM registration and activation processes in line with the relevant statutory provisions.

Madam Owusu-Ekuful said some of the deficiencies identified with the process include: The sale of pre-registered SIM cards; The use of pre-registered SIM cards and Fraudulent registration of SIM cards and the use of same.

According to the minister, these deficiencies enable criminal activities such as Mobile Money fraud, Illegal SIM swap, Illegal Termination of international traffic (SIM-Boxing) leading to loss of revenue to the state, Impersonation, and, Cyber-crime.

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