Re-register your SIM by June 2020 or lose your phone number - Ursula Owusu

Monday, 14th October 2019

The Ministry of Communications has announced that all mobile phone users will have to re-register their SIM numbers (Subscriber Identity Module) from 1st January, 2020 to 30th June 2020 or lose the numbers as they will be deactivated.

The directive from government is part of moves to fight sim card and mobile money fraud which has gained momentum over the past months.

Addressing the press on Monday, October 14, the Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful announced that persons who fail to have their Sim cards re-registered will have their numbers deactivated.

The measure, according to Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful, Minister of Communications, will help monitor and track down persons who use their phones for criminal activities.

Identification forms acceptable for re-registration or fresh SIMs will be by approved national biometric identity cards. Mrs Ursula Ekuful announced government’s decision at a press briefing Monday..

The Communications Minister added that the re-registration will help subscribers to be properly identified, help track criminals and clamp down on fake identity.

“The ministry has consulted all relevant stakeholders and hereby announces that from 1st January 2020, we will all be required to re-register our sim cards.

Any SIM card which is not registered will be deactivated by June 2020.

“We entreat all citizens, residents and visitors to cooperate with us to ensure the success of this exercise for our collective security.”

This directive from the communications Ministry comes months after Ghanaians expressed worry over the increasing cases of Mobile Money fraud in the country.

The issue is said to threaten the growth of the industry as well as affect financial inclusion.

Mobile money, which hitherto was a safe means of transacting business now seems to be an opportunity for scammers. Some of the methods they use include text messages and phone calls.