Government extends merchant SIM card re-registration deadline to June 30

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The government has given merchant SIM subscribers until the end of June 2023 to register their SIMs or face having them deactivated.

According to the Ministry of Communications, about 280,000 merchant SIMs are not registered, giving criminals a chance to utilize them to continue their illegal activities.

The unregistered merchant SIMs would be blocked after the window has passed, according to Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications and Digitalization, who is providing an update on the SIM re-registration effort in Parliament.

The Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful says Mobile Network Operators are liaising with the Bank of Ghana to ensure that persons who have their monies locked up on mobile money accounts are retrieved.

Many subscribers have been complaining about their inability to access their funds on mobile money accounts after their sims were deactivated for not registering them with the Ghana Card.

Providing an update on the status of the SIM re-registration exercise in Parliament, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful says although such subscribers will not be able to transact business on such SIMs, their funds would be recovered after undergoing the required processes.

She also announced that her outfit will engage the Clark’s office to complete the registration process for the reactivation of the Speaker’s official SIM card.

The Minister of Communications and Digitalisation says over 28 million SIM cards have been successfully registered since the exercise commenced.

Source: Kwaku Boffah

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