A section of Ghanaians, MMAAG demand an extension of sim re-registration exercise
A section of the Ghanaian public has called for an extension of the deadline for the sim card re-registration exercise.
The majority of these individuals are those who were yet to register for their Ghana cards and those who have not been issued their cards after registration as well as persons who have problems with the cards and need rectification.
Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, some of them lamented that it was no fault of theirs that they have not been issued the Ghana card hence the need for an extension.
Others who were furious, disclosed there were errors on their cards and needed the errors corrected however that has not materialised despite going to the National Identification offices.
Others who have the card but could not register their sims because the card could not be captured and needed the cards replaced also appealed for an extension.
Meanwhile, the Members of the Mobile Money Agents Association of Ghana (MMAAG) have called for the extension of the ongoing SIM registration exercise.
According to the group, the exercise should be extended to January 2023 to enable all Ghanaians who have challenges acquiring their Ghana cards to do so to enable them to use the card to register their SIM cards.
A statement issued by the group said “the management wishes to appeal to the Government and the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation to in the interest of the gains made in the Communications industry to consider extending the deadline.
The Association has since endorsed this policy of Government due to its positive impact on our businesses by helping to curb fraud.
As business people in the industry, it will be very detrimental to our businesses and the industry, in general, should Government pursue the 31st July 2022 deadline since many Ghanaians running into several million are yet to be registered and issued the Ghanaian Identification card.
The business is already struggling with the impact of e-levy, and this blockage will only not affect us but the Ghanaian populace.
It’s very clear that millions of our customers and our members are willing to update their credentials with the common denominator, unfortunately, access to the National Identification Authority’s service is really frustrating and difficult.
We appeal that with realism and having considered the above inconveniences and challenges, the Government should extend the deadline to January 2023.
It’s our pledge that we will support the government in this exercise through our various touch points across the country to ensure significant Ghanaians update their SIMs.
We believe this time frame should enable the NIA to decentralise the exercise for the smooth reach of Ghanaians.”