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SIM-related fraud has decreased since the registration began

According to Communications Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, there has been a decrease in SIM-related fraud since the registration process began.

According to her, this is a clear demonstration of the government’s efforts to ensure the country’s digital ecosystem is safe and secure, as well as to protect consumers and businesses.

She stated that the Ministry’s priority has always been to ensure digital inclusion and to provide a secure environment for Ghanaians to access digital services in a statement issued on Friday, November 11, to announce updates on the SIM card registration exercise.

“ICT should be accessible to all without risk, and the SIM registration exercise will resolve many industry issues.”

“We can attest to the fact that there has been a noticeable decrease in SIM-related fraud since the registration exercise began,” she said.

However, the Minister stated that beginning November 20, all SIM cards that have not been fully registered will be barred from accessing data services.

Finally, any SIM card that has been linked to the Ghana Card but has not been completed in the second phase of the registration process will be deactivated on November 30, 2022.

“Another announcement will be made shortly on measures to accommodate those who genuinely do not have Ghana Cards, once the Ghana Cards are issued.”

“After the ongoing consultations are completed, a further announcement on measures to accommodate those who genuinely do not have Ghana Cards will be made shortly.”

“Despite having ample opportunity to complete the registration of their SIM cards, some Ghana Card holders who have begun the process have failed to complete the registration.” That is their choice, and we cannot fault them,” the statement continued.

The Ghana Card allows an individual to register a maximum of ten SIM cards.

“All citizens and residents are hereby advised to check the number of SIMs registered to their Ghana Card before the facility is activated at the end of November.” All MNOs must also categorise registered corporate SIMs correctly.”

“Any additional SIM registered above the mandated number of 10 will be deactivated to ensure that they retain the mandated number of SIM cards.”

The government says it is working to create an environment that allows everyone to access and use digital platforms by encouraging the development of new technologies, including SIM-enabled ones.

Also read: SIM registration to improve delivery of financial services

“I implore everyone to support this registration initiative and work with the authorities to ensure its success for our collective good,” Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said.

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