Communications Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has chastised people who got quick loans from their service providers and decided to avoid repaying the loans by not registering their SIM cards.
She described the act as “diabolical corruption” that will soon be uncovered by authorities.
Speaking to reporters at a press briefing on July 31, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said, “I have also been informed that some people who have obtained quick loans from their service providers have decided not to register these SIM cards to avoid repaying the loans. It is evil corruption and you will be found out.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Communications announced an extension of the SIM card registration exercise until September 30, 2022.
She explained that the extension became necessary due to the initial challenges for enrollees who have not yet obtained or acquired their national identity card.
To address the long queues associated with the exercise, the minister said registrants can now speed up the registration process through a self-service app.
The mobile application should be available in the coming week and accessible via Android or IOS platforms.
However, registering the SIM card via the app will incur a 5 GH¢ charge.
The SIM card registration exercise started on October 31, 2021 and was due to end on March 31, 2022, but as of March 17, over 14 million SIM cards had been linked to the Ghana card with over 10 million of bio-captures made and 99,445 new SIM cards registered. .
Due to a number of factors, including the fact that over 7.5 million citizens and residents had yet to obtain Ghana cards to enable them to register their SIM cards, it was clear that the deadline for the completion of the registration of the remaining active SIM cards could not be met. .
As a result, the ministry has extended the deadline to July 31, 2022.
However, reports from several media outlets including GhanaWeb said that as of Saturday July 30, thousands of people had not registered their Ghana Card or SIM cards.
This has led to several calls on the government and the ministry to push for an extension of the July 31 deadline.