Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the minister of communications, has said that a self-service app for sim re-registration will debut on August 2.
She claims that this app will make it possible for people to re-register their sim cards from the comfort of their own homes, eliminating the need to wait in line at any network operator’s office.
In a press conference on Sunday, Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful stated that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, the app will be accessible for download on both Android and iOS this week.
Furthermore, she stated, there will be a GHS 5 cost for each registration made through the app.
The minister said that the delay in the app’s release was caused by the fact that “the Application Programming Interface (API) integration with all MNOs and Virtual Private Network (VPN) connectivity was only finished this weekend owing to unavoidable circumstances.”
Adequate time will also be needed, according to her, for publicity and public education regarding the use of the Self-Service SIM Registration App.
This comes after numerous Ghanaians experienced difficulties with the sim re-registration process. Millions of Ghanaians are yet to receive their Ghana Cards, the primary tool for re-registration, among other things.
Others have yet to finish the second stage of re-registration as a result of lengthy lines and other issues at the offices of the network operators.
The Communications Minister declared that the re-registration date has once again been extended due to this and other factors.
She stated that September 30th is the last day. She claims that this will give users enough time to register all of their sims.
We’ll have a full year of SIM registration after that. Any SIM that has not been fully registered by the end of August will be prohibited from obtaining certain services, including phone and data services, when it is evaluated at the end of this month.
The usage of unregistered SIMs will also cost extra, said Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful. Another press conference in September will reveal the entire scope of the sanctions.