Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful says her outfit is currently assessing calls for the inclusion of National Passport and other forms of identification in the ongoing SIM card re-registration process.
According to her, the law within which the exercise is being undertaken specifies the Ghana Card as the sole mode of identification verification.
This, she says, puts her outfit in a precarious situation, as far as the ongoing exercise is concerned.
“The law makes the use of the Ghana card mandatory, so we find ourselves in a fix but let’s see how the discussion goes for now,” he said.
Since the beginning of the exercise last week, there have been calls for government to include other forms of identification as requirements for SIM card registration in the country.
Speaking to JoyBusiness, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful revealed that discussions ongoing in that regard and will soon make the outcome public.
“There was also another call for the use of passport as part of the identification document and it’s something that we as a ministry and stakeholders are also looking into but let’s see what happens.
“However, you should get your Ghana Card if you don’t have it as a citizen”, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful explained.
She also said Ghanaians abroad who may want to re-register their SIM cards before the deadline can do so, adding, they are looking into the law to facilitate that.
“It is going well I must say. So far so good, but then there are few challenges which the ministry is still working around to resolve. Some of the challenges being that there are some Ghanaians abroad who have SIM cards that may want to register but due to the timing; I must say it is something the team is looking at utilizing the SIM Registration Act to see what can be done”, he explained.
The Minister was speaking on the sidelines of the Cybersecurity Industry Forum on the Cybersecurity Act, a programme put together by the Cybercesurity Authority for professionals and service providers in the sector.
She urged the professionals to come up with standards of operations for the country. Source: Ebenezer Sabutey