October 5, 2022

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Self-service App In The Offing, Ghanaians Abroad To Use Their Passports – Minister Reveals

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Ghanaian nationals living overseas will now get the opportunity to register their SIM cards as the Ministry of Communications extends the deadline for the SIM card registration.

The Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, making submissions on Peace FM’s ”Kokrokoo”, revealed that the Ministry is creating a Self-service app to enable Ghanaians abroad to register their SIM cards.

She expounded that, by this app, the data of all Ghanaians abroad will be collected.

”Those with Ghana cards can register their SIM cards using the app whereas those who haven’t acquired their Ghana cards yet will be notified via SMS and other text message platforms to register for the Ghana card as soon as they return to Ghana.”

On registering the SIM cards while overseas, the Minister noted that the Ghanaian nationals without Ghana cards can use their passports to register the SIM cards.

”When the SIM registration app comes on, we are making arrangements that those who don’t have the Ghana card can use their passports to register on the SIM registration app”, she said. 

SIM Cards Registration Deadline

The SIM card registration, which began in October 2021 and was to end by 31st March, has been extended to July 31st.

A statement by the Minister of Communications emphasized that ”as at 17th March, 14,091,542 SIM Cards have been linked to the Ghana Card, 10,348,532 Bio-Captures conducted and 99,445 New SIMs registered. Due to a number of factors including the fact that over 7.5 million citizens and residents are yet to obtain Ghana Cards to enable them register their SIM cards, it is clear that the deadline for completion of the registration of the remaining active SIM cards cannot be met”.

It further read; ”More time will also be required to update the SIM Registration App for the registration of diplomats, while a Self-Service SIM Registration App is also being developed to facilitate registration of SIM cards for Ghanaians resident abroad. This will be operational by mid April.”

Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

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