Government announces new SIM registration scheme

15 Oct 2019

Ghana’s Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, has announced that all mobile phone SIM cards will be deactivated unless re-registered between 1 January and 30 June 2020, reports Ghanaweb. Subscribers will need to present a national biometric identity card, such as a driver’s licence, passport or Ghana Card, as part of a programme conducted by the National Communications Agency (NCA) with the cooperation of telecom companies. The Minister told a press briefing that the measure will help law enforcement agencies identify SIM card owners, track criminals, curb incidents such as phone theft, hate text messages, mobile fraud activities, incitement to violence and other crimes.