The Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation (MoCD) will launch the National SIM Card Registration Exercise next month, October 1 2021.
The Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, took her turn at the Minister’s Press Briefing at the Ministry of Information’s Press Center on Sunday, 5th September 2021.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful stressed that “SIM registration, when undertaken correctly as we intend to do, will reduce or eliminate fraudulent and criminal activities, help authorities ascertain the accurate number of valid and accurate SIMs on the networks, enable operators to build better demographics of their customer base and help them develop products and services to suit the various groupings”.
Foreigners visiting Ghana can acquire a SIM Card using their Passports or Travel Card, but they can only use the SIM Card for 30 days, after which it will be deactivated. Foreigners intending to use a SIM Card for more than 30 days will have to obtain the Non-Citizen Ghana Card to do so. The NCA has made it mandatory for the Operators to verify Passports and Travel Cards against an international database before registering and activating a SIM Card for Foreigners. Special arrangements will be made for diplomatic personnel living and working in Ghana.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful explained registration details would be accessed upon receipt of a court order to aid law enforcement agencies to prevent, detect, investigate, and prosecute fraud and other criminal activities and to aid emergency and National Security matters such as terrorist attacks, national disasters and public health emergency.
A detailed publicity exercise will be conducted on these issues in the coming days. We entreat the media to partner government to make this registration exercise a success for our collective good, she said.