All active and unregistered SIM cards are to be deactivated and removed today, May 31 due to a directive from the National Communications Authority (NCA).
The Director General of the NCA, Joe Anokye last month announced that the ongoing SIM Registration exercise which commenced on October 1, 2021 ends on May 31, 2023.
According to Mr. Anokye, there are approximately 11 million active but unregistered SIMs which will be deactivated from networks after May 31, 2023.
The 11 million SIMs include subscribers who were exempted from the current exercise. These include diplomats, refugees, and Ghanaians on official duties outside the country. Others include subscribers who have registered some of their SIMs, people with Ghana Cards who have refused to register, as well as others without Ghana cards.
Mr. Anokye explained that the SIM Registration exercise was necessary for building trust and confidence in the use of telecommunications, financial, and other essential services, as a reliable SIM register would aid security and law enforcement activities, protect Ghana’s common peace, and promote socio-economic development. Therefore, he urged stakeholders, including the media, to support the exercise’s success.
The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful announced the commencement of the re-registration of all mobile SIM cards on October 1, 2021, and the exercise was expected to have lasted for a period of six months but was extended several times for tangible challenges faced by SIM card users.