The Communication Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful announced on Monday that starting from next year January 2020, all mobile sim cards will have to be re-registered.
This is a new move by the government to ensure that the current system is cleaned up. She said ” It is quite clear that the current sim card registration regime is deficient and fraught with many challenges defeating the purpose of the sim registration,” whiles addressing the press in Accra.
All existing subscribers will have six months to re-register their sim card to prevent their sim cards from being deactivated. The exercise will begin in January 2020 and end in June 2020.
She further stated that her Ministry (Ministry of Communication) has engaged all the stakeholders about the planned registration and urged all citizens to take part when the process begins.
The National Communication Authority (NCA) in 2010 issued a directive to all the telecommunication companies and subscribers to embark on a sim registration exercise. The exercise was to check and expose people who hid behind mobile phones to perpetuate fraud and also to identify any sim card owner.
Almost Ten years down the line, there has been an increase in fraud due to the ineffectiveness of the first registration and it is in light of this that the government needs all sim cards to be re-registered to clam p down on these negative activities which sometimes lead to loss of revenue to the state.
The Minister also said that the need for an effective and accurate sim card registration system will ensure our “collective security”.