On November 20 and Wednesday, November 30, 2022, data services will be restricted for SIM cards that have been linked to Ghana Cards but have not completed the second phase of registration.
This was disclosed in a statement released on Friday, November 11 by Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the minister of communications and digitalization.
She stated that a statement would be made regarding steps to allow people without Ghana Cards to register their SIM cards.
This is anticipated to happen after ongoing conversations are finished, she said.
The first stage of registration has already been finished with a total of 30,011,082 SIM cards being linked to Ghana Cards.
By November 9th, 20,892,970 subscribers had finished linking their biometric data and capturing it.
Because they used other people’s cards to link their numbers, some users who have linked their phone numbers to Ghana Cards have been unable to finish the bio capture of stage two. This includes merchants who used customers’ cards without their knowledge or permission, the statement stated.
Their inability to finish step two is evidence of how reliable the authentication system is that was built into the SIM registration architecture. All falsehoods will be eliminated. You cannot register your SIM using another person’s Ghana Card, the Minister explained.
Ursula Owusu-Ekuful asked subscribers facing challenges in registering their SIM cards to contact the National Communications Authority (NCA) or their respective network operators for necessary assistance.
She claims that the Communications Ministry’s top priorities are to guarantee digital inclusion and to create a safe environment for Ghanaians to use digital services.
“The Ministry has been putting a lot of effort into creating and putting these policies into action. Since the start of the registration operation, there has been a discernible drop in SIM-related fraud, as we can all attest.
“Some people who have the Ghana Cards and have started the procedure have failed to complete the registration, despite the abundant opportunity offered to them to complete the registration of their SIM cards. They made that decision, and we cannot criticize them for it, the Minister continued.