The Communications and Digitalisation Minister for Ghana, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful says her outfit will deactivate all unregistered sim cards by November 30, 2022.
Also all sim cards that have been linked to Ghana Cards but not done the second phase of registration will be blocked from accessing data services on November 20.
In a statement released on Friday November 11, 2022 the Minister added that there will be measures to accommodate persons who do not have Ghana Cards to register their SIM cards.
Adding that the measures will be announced after ongoing consultations is completed.
Currently, a total of 30,011,082 SIM cards have been linked to Ghana Cards, thereby completing the first phase of the registration process.
As of November 9, 20,892,970 subscribers had completed both the linkage and capture of their biometric data.
“One key reason why some of those who have linked phone numbers to Ghana Cards have been unable to complete the bio capture of stage two is because they used other people’s cards to link their numbers. This includes vendors who used the cards of others without the knowledge or consent of the card owners,” the statement said.
“Their inability to complete phase two attests to the robustness of the authentication process designed into the SIM registration architecture. It will flush out all fakes. You cannot use someone else’s Ghana Card to register your SIM,” the Minister outlined.
She concluded indicating that those facing challenges in registering their SIM cards should contact the National Communications Authority (NCA) or their respective network operators for necessary assistance.