The Minister for Communication and Digitalization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful is set to appear before Parliament on Thursday, June 8, 2023, to apprise the House on the SIM card re-registration exercise.
Over 8 million unregistered SIM cards were deactivated by the various telecommunication firms after the May 31 deadline announced by the government for the registration exercise.
The Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Sam George stressed on the need for the minister to appear before the House to address the many concerns shed in relation to the registration exercise. He further revealed that the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin’s SIM card has been deactivated despite undergoing the SIM registration exercise.
“Over 8 million SIM cards have been disconnected including that of the Speaker of Parliament. His official SIM card has been disconnected even though it was registered in the name of the Parliament of Ghana. My SIM card was disconnected.
“We are insisting that the National Identification Authority provides us with the Ghana Card, so we can register our SIM cards. It is important that the Minister appears before us to answer questions, if possible, even today because people’s livelihoods have been affected and people’s mobile monies have been stacked due to the disconnection.”
The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful announced the commencement of the re-registration of all mobile SIM cards on October 1, 2021.
The exercise was expected to have lasted for a period of six months but was extended several times due to challenges faced by SIM card users.