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In spite of the fact that sim cards should be registered at the point of offer with legitimate national identity cards, a few merchants and sellers use ID cards to register plenty of SIM cards to sell. Which are at times use in sustaining wrongdoings.
Such sim cards have throughout the years been utilized to carry out different wrongdoings including mobile money fraud, Termination of international traffic (SIM-Boxing), etc. Leading to loss of income to the state.
Communications Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful announced this Monday that re-registration of mobile phone Sims exercise will begin from January 1, 2020, to the end of June 2020.
Sim card registration in the country started in 2010 following a National Communication Authority (NCA) directive. The registration covered both existing and new subscribers of all sim cards from the various telecom operators in the country.
While addressing journalists at the Meet-The-Press series in Accra, 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”.
All users of Mobile devices will have a six-month period within which to re-register their sim cards, those who fail to comply will have their cards deactivated. The Ministry of Communication has engaged the various stakeholders in the sector on the new re-registration exercise, and thus urged all citizens to cooperate when the exercise begins next year.