The minority in the House of Representatives is requesting yet another extension of the deadline for registering SIM cards in Ghana.
Sam Nartey George, the deputy ranking member of the communications committee of parliament, claimed that many people have found it difficult to register their SIM cards due to a number of circumstances.
The Ministry of Communications and Digitalization has been given until July 31 for everyone to re-register their SIM cards with their Ghanaian IDs, and those who don’t follow the instructions will have their SIM cards deactivated.
Sam George, speaking to the media, asserted that the President must make sure that registration continues until the deadline of July 31.
“We hope that within the next 24 to 48 hours, reason will apply. We want to use this means to call on the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to instruct his Minister for Communications, to rescind his decision on the deadline as it poses potential national security implication for millions of Ghanaians who have not been able to register due to no fault of theirs.”
The exercise, which started on October 1, 2021, was initially intended to end on March 31, 2022, but the sector ministry extended it to July 31, 2022, because more than 7.5 million citizens and residents at the time had not yet received their Ghana Cards, which would have allowed them to register their SIM cards.
12 million Ghanaians have reportedly linked their SIM cards to their Ghana cards as of this writing, according to the Communications Ministry.
Sam George, on the other hand, asserted that failing to extend the deadline will have serious security consequences.
“We urge the President and the National Security Minister not to treat this issue with kids gloves and take cognizance of the threat of terror and ensure that the millions of Ghanaians who use their SIMs on a daily basis are not disenfranchised.”