The re-registration period was originally planned to run from January to June 2020, with the goal of combating fraud and other related crimes in the region.
Mr. Andah, on the other hand, states that in order for the National SIM re-registration to be functional, an upgraded subscriber database originating from the National Identification database was needed.
“We’ve also heard of people who have been in a position where someone has taken their SIM card or asked them to give money to them, and then you try to search the person’s identification information, you can’t go anywhere. So, for SIM registration to be accurate, a subscriber database is required so that each subscriber can be identified; who they are, where they live, and what they do,” he explained.
After registering 15,549,242 people, the National Identification Authority (NIA) completed a mop-up registration of the National Identification Card (Ghana Card) in the country in September 2020.
Mr. Andah said on Citi TV’s current affairs programme, The Chamber, that the timing is correct to proceed with the SIM re-registration exercise because all of the relevant conditions are in place. “It makes sense to ensure that the national ID verification or card issuance form is duly completed, and that you have one national ID, either a passport, a driver’s license, or a national ID card with customer information that have been checked and validated, and that is what is used to help SIM card registration. And I believe that is where the ministry is heading,” he said.