‘Put restrictions on SIM Card registration’

The West African Regional Director for CUTS International, Appiah Kusi Adomako, has urged the Ministry of Communications to put restrictions on the Subscriber Identity Module card (SIM) re-registration.

According to him, if restrictions was placed on the SIM cards, more people would take the registration seriously and get involved into the Self-Service Application (App) registration in order to put an end to the issues of deadlines.

“Such restrictions can be, limiting the amount of mobile money that an unregistered SIM can send or receive, reducing their internet bundles within a day as well as limiting their calls in a day,” he mentioned.

Mr Adomako, throwing more light on ways to improve the SIM registration on JoyNews, monitored by the Ghanaian Times on Tuesday, said the attitude of subscribers was expected and it was time the ministry placed restrictions on unregistered sim cards to reduce the fraudulent activities in the country.

Touching on the 98 per cent decline in the number of subscribers undertaking the SIM re-registration exercise after government announced an extension of the deadline, Mr Adomako stated that the decline was because some people had still not received or made efforts in getting their Ghana Cards while others also waited for the last minute before they registered.

He suggested that, the Self-Service App should be given the needed attention, education and popularity for people to understand to get on board and register their SIM cards.

However the Self-Service Application (App) for the SIM Card Registration, which was released by the National Communications Authority (NCA) was to aid busy people register by themselves as well as relieve others from the long queues.

Also, the SIM card re-registration Self-Service Application (App), on the Google Play Store is an addition to help with the directive from the government to re-register all SIM cards with Ghana card and is subjected to a GH¢5.00 surcharge.

According to NCA, the exercise which is expected to end on September 30, 2022, would again help build and develop a SIM database with integrity to curb fraudulent activities and secure SIM card-based transactions.


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