Ghanaians have to been asked to re-register SIM cards from January next year to June 2020. After the scheduled date, all currently-activated SIM cards that don’t re-register are going to be deactivated.
This is a directive coming from Min. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful’s Communications Ministry. And it is a part of a bigger plan to help combat SIM card and mobile money fraud, a digital plague which has been on the rise over the past months in the country.
Hon. Min. Owusu-Ekuful, the Communications Minister, has made it clear that people who do not have their SIM cards re-registered by the end of the exercise will have their numbers deactivated. She also added that the re-registration will help subscribers to be properly identified, help track criminals and clamp down on fake identity.
“The ministry has consulted all relevant stakeholders and hereby announces that from 1st January 2020, we will all be required to re-register our SIM cards. Any SIM card which is not registered will be deactivated by June 2020. We entreat all citizens, residents, and visitors to cooperate with us to ensure the success of this exercise for our collective security”, said the Communications Minister.
This exercise seems apt at the time when there has been a lot of complaints about the increasing cases of mobile money fraud in the country. This was somehow a threat to Ghana’s telecom industry and it also affected financial inclusion as the mobile money platforms can be used even in places where there are no financial institutions.
The SIM card registration will start in January 2020 with June the same year being the deadline.