“All unregistered SIM cards by December will be blocked” – Ursula Owusu

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Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister for Communication and Digitization, has called for blocking of all unregistered SIM cards by December.

This was made known in a Facebook post by the sector minister, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful. According to her, the decision is to help clamp down on cybercriminals hiding behind the anonymity of digital systems to commit antisocial acts and therefore the need to re-register the cards.

She added that plans are far advanced to make the National Identification card (Ghana Card) the only national identity card for all identification and business purposes in the country.

“It has become imperative that we clamp down on cyber criminals hiding behind the anonymity of digital systems to commit antisocial acts, and the Sim re-registration exercise is a key part of that campaign.

“All SIM cards and SIM-enabled devices would be re-registered from June and end in December. All unregistered sims will be blocked. Plans are far advanced to make the National Identification card (Ghana Card) the only national identity card for all identification and business purposes.

“My ministry is also working to improve access to connectivity across the country with rural telephony and digital inclusion projects which will see the construction of 2016 solar-powered cell sites in unserved and underserved rural communities.

 At the CEO’s summit, I told the participants that, digitization is the only way to ensure free trade across the continent and create an enabling system for trade financing using electronic means. We are poised to deliver.”