Ghana’s Minister of Communications and Digitisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has announced that the country’s national SIM card re-registration process will start at the start of October. Ghanaians over the age of 15 will have until 31 March 2022 to re-register their SIM cards.
As for why this is often necessary, per the news site Ghanaweb, it seems to be, among other things, right down to the increased use of communication services since the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic and also the must facilitate e-education. The Minister mentioned reduction in criminal activities and accurate data for the National Communications Authority (NCA) as potential benefits of the exercise.
Only an individual’s National ID card – the Ghana card – may be used for registration of SIM cards of citizens, foreign residents in Ghana and foreigners staying in Ghana for over 90 days. Foreigners visiting Ghana can acquire a SIM card using their passport or travel card but they will only use the SIM card for 30 days after which it'll be deactivated. Foreigners meaning to use the SIM card for quite 30 days will should obtain a non-citizen Ghana card to try and do so.
Ghanaians can only register a complete of 10 SIM cards across all networks. Foreigners are limited to a few SIM cards across all networks.
A business can register SIM cards in bulk, but to try and do this a shareholder or a director of the corporate will must be linked personally to the registration of the SIM cards. The Minister warned against any misuse of the business registration process to permit multiple registrations.
This isn’t Ghana's first try to register SIM cards. However, it's hoped that the Ghana card will help to ensure a successful SIM registration now around.
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