The Ministry of Communication and Digitalisation (Ghana) has extended the cutoff time for SIM card registration from March 31, 2022, to July 31, 2022.
A statement from the Ministry released on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 said:
“As of 17 March, 14,091,542 SIM cards had been linked to the Ghana card” while “10,348,532 bio-captures” had been conducted and 99,445 new SIMs registered.
The Ministry’s statement further said:
“Due to a number factors including the fact that over 7.5 million citizens and residents are yet to obtain Ghana cards to enable them to register their SIM cards, it is clear that the deadline for the completion of the registration of the remaining active SIM cards cannot be met”.
The statement endorsed by the sector Minister, Ursula Owusu additionally added that, more time will be needed to update the SIM registration App for the enrollment of accredited representatives while a self-service SIM registration App is also being created to facilitate the process for Ghanaians living abroad.
It said the registration App will be functional by mid-April 2022.
As per the Ministry, because of the challenges, there’s the requirement for residents to be given more opportunity to conform with the order, subsequently the extension of the cutoff time for the obligatory registration process.