According to the Minister of Communication and Digitalization, the Ministry would not extend the deadline for the nationwide SIM Card Registration Exercise to July 31, 2022, and all unregistered SIM Cards will be deactivated by that date.
It is critical that the Ministry recognize that about 800,000 subscribers to the Ghana Card, which is a basic condition for registration, have not received their cards.
Furthermore, more mobile phone users in the country have been unable to obtain their Ghana Card.
I honestly believe that the Minister and her Ministry should reconsider this entrenched decision, as such a decision will undoubtedly harm the government's revenue mobilization efforts through the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
If the SIM Card Registration Exercise is not extended, four (4) vital government revenue programs will suffer, namely the:
2. Tax on Communications Services (CST)
If, by July 31, 2022, the majority of mobile phone users have not been able to register their SIM Cards, and the Ministry of Communication and Digitalization proceeds with the deactivation of all unregistered SIM cards, the following bodies will be most significantly impacted:
1. Ghanaian government
2. Telecommunications firms.
The GRA would struggle to collect revenue from the E-levy, CST, VAT, and GETFUND/NHIL on behalf of the government.
Razak Kojo Opoku
Telecom income forecasts would also fall dramatically, lowering corporate taxes paid to the state.
We are not in normal circumstances, and the government of Ghana requires significant domestic revenue production to supplement IMF assistance.
This is not the time to demonstrate political administrative power. To succeed in the face of the current global economic crisis, the government requires the citizens' support.
Without a doubt, not extending the SIM Card Registration Exercise would:
1. create widespread apathy for the government because the majority of Ghanaians would be unable to meet the July 31st, 2022 deadline; and
2. create widespread apathy for the government.
The NDC and some CSOs will have more room to make noise and stir the public against the government as a result of this.
This will have an impact on the government's tax policies, particularly the E-levy and CST.
The National Youth Authority (NYA) and Youth Employment Agency (YEA) both rely heavily on the Communication Service Tax to survive.
Moving forward, the Ministry of Communication and Digitalization, in partnership with the Telecommunications Companies, should step up the campaign for SIM card registration and inform Ghanaians, particularly the illiterate, of the significance of the SIM card registration exercise, which aims to purge fraudsters, con artists, and criminals from the Ghanaian society.
Government should take steps to ensure that every new SIM card is registered before usage and that every old SIM card is registered to at least 90–95 percent.
The deadline of July 31, 2022, is completely unnecessary and unhelpful.
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