Minister for Communications Ursula Owusu-Ekuful says the Ghana Card will be used for the SIM re-registration.
The Ministry of Communications last week announced that from January 2020 all mobile phone users will be required to re-register their SIM cards.
Speaking on the Joy Super Morning show today October 24, 2019, Ms. Owusu-Ekuful said the Ghana Card will be a requirement for the SIM re-registration so she charged Ghanaians to get theirs before January 2020.
"In January next year, we will start with the Ghana Card and all those with the Ghana Card will use that for the SIM re-registration."
"Currently, we are in the process of enrolling the Ghana Card and if you haven't registered please kindly do so. "
"After June 2020 if you haven't done your SIM re-registration your SIM will be deactivated."
The Minister speaking at a press briefing last week said the exercise is part of ways to fight crime associated with the use of SIM cards.
She stated that any SIM card that is not registered within the time frame for the exercise will be deactivated.
“It is quite clear that the current SIM card registration regime is deficient and fraught with many challenges, defeating the purpose of the SIM registration regulations. Mindful of this, the cabinet earlier this year directed the Minister for Communications to instruct all telecommunication companies to fully comply with the law governing sim card acquisition which requires the presentation of a valid ID document prior to registration.
"..we're clamping down on crime associated with the use of these SIM cards, the Ministry has consulted all relevant stakeholders and thereby announces that from January 2020 we will all be required to re-register our SIM cards, any SIM card that is not registered will be deactivated by June 2020, given a 6month time frame for this exercise."
The Ghana Card is a national identity card that is issued by the Ghanaian authorities to Ghanaian citizens – both resident and non-resident, and legally and permanently resident foreign nationals. It is proof of identity, citizenship, and residence of the holder. The current version is in ID1 format and biometric.