The government will announce new measures for the ongoing SIM card re-registration exercise to citizens who are genuinely concerned about not acquiring the Ghana card.

According to the Minister of Communications and Digitization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, consultations are underway to allow certain categories of citizens to register their cards.

In a statement signed by the Minister on November 11, 2022, he explained that “despite many opportunities for all to complete the registration of their SIM cards, some who have the Ghana cards and have started the process have not managed to complete the recording”.

It’s their choice and we can’t blame them,” the statement read.

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful recently told Ebenezer Sabutey of Joy Business that discussions are ongoing with the National Identification Authority to find new steps moving forward.

“Pay attention to this space, you will soon hear from the ministry because we must do this to protect our ecosystem, whatever the cost. Some have genuine concerns about the Ghana card, so we are having a discussion with the National Identification Authority to come up with a new measure for them.”

“For those who have the card and decide not to register for no reason, we will definitely institute a plan and they will hear from us soon,” she said.

All SIM cards that have completed the first stage of the registration exercise but have not completed the second stage will be blocked from accessing data services on November 20, 2022 and completely deactivated on November 30, 2022.

According to data from the Ministry of Communications and Digitization, currently 30,011,082 have completed the first stage (Linking Ghana Card to SIM number).

As of November 9, 2022, 20,892,970 subscribers had registered the SIM card (link and biometrics).

Nearly 70% of these registrations have been completed.

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