Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia says Ghanaians will have to re-register their sim cards with the Ghana Card beginning July or lose them.
According to him, the move is part of efforts to digitize the economy for enhanced accountability and economic growth
“I expect that the minister for communication and Digitalization will soon announce that we will all from the end of June or maybe beginning of July this year everybody will have to register their sim with a national ID otherwise we lose that sim.
“This will give us identity for a real momo transaction then take away issues of Fraud from Sim box or through momo so we can discard all of that,” Dr. Bawumia said at the 5th CEO Summit in Accra, where he was guest of honor.
The exercise is to add to the country’s central database with unique IDs. The process of registration can be done on one’s phone and does not require a visit to a Telco outlet.
The Ghana Card is used to validate a person’s identity at airports, borders, police check posts and while booking tickets. The emerging Ghana railway travel may require a person to carry their Ghana Card especially if e-tickets are introduced.
Currently, there are more than 40 million mobile phone users in Ghana.