Sim card registration: Extend deadline or lose revenue, Adoboli tells government

The sim card re-registration exercise is expected to end today (31 July) as the government seeks to build a credible and safe sim database in Ghana

Kweku Adoboli, a financial systems analyst, is warning that the government risks losing huge revenues if it fails to extend the deadline for re-registration of sim cards in Ghana.

The sim card re-registration exercise, which was originally scheduled to end on 31 March, was extended to 31 July to give more Ghanaians the opportunity to register their cards.

Speaking to Benjamin Offei-Addo, sit-in host of The Asaase Breakfast Show, on Friday (29 July 2022), Adoboli said: “The amount of revenue that will be lost if the number of Ghanaians who have not registered their sim are taken off the network will be huge … And perhaps informs a decision to extend the deadline.

Kweku Adoboli
Kweku Adoboli

“I think that the images we are seeing today are very useful because it highlights to the Ghanaian the importance of the Ghana Card and being a part of a singular national system.

“The lengths that the government has gone to organise the sim registration is clear when you see the effort that has been put in from inception till today. It’s unfortunate Ghanaians are now rushing to register,” Adoboli added.

No extension of deadline 

The Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, said last week that there will be no further extension of the deadline for the sim card registration.

Ghanaians and anyone else who is yet to register their sim cards should take advantage of the ongoing process, which will end on 31 July, she said.

Owusu-Ekuful made this statement at a forum by the National Communications Authority which took place in Kumasi.

“I … take this opportunity to urge all those who’ve not registered their sim cards to do so, as the deadline of 31 July 2022 will not be extended,” the minister said.

She also declared that the exercise ultimately will help build a credible and safe sim card database in Ghana.

“Most people access their internet through their mobile devices,” Owusu-Ekuful said. “We must make sure that they do so safely.

“We must make it difficult for the criminals who hack our systems and defraud us through multiple online channels to operate. And this sim registration exercise is one of the steps the government is taking in that regard.

“Essentially, this stresses the point that this exercise will enable the establishment of a subscriber database with integrity to keep consumers safe from scams and fraud,” she said.

Fred Dzakpata

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