The much-publicized re-registration of mobile sim cards is scheduled to start today Friday, October 1, 2021. The six months programme which ends on March 31, 2022, is targeted at cleaning Ghana’s telecommunication and cyberspace.
It is also aimed at providing the capability to track persons who use their phones for unscrupulous activities.
Ghanaians are required to use their National Identification Card otherwise known as Ghana card to re-register their Sim cards. Noncompliance to this directive at the end of the exercise will result in your sim being blocked.
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia initially encouraged all Ghanaians to get the sim cards re-registered saying, “we all have to do that otherwise we’ll lose that SIM card. That will really give us a real identity for all MoMo transactions. For example, it takes away fraud that is taking place like SIM box and through MoMo”.
But Minority Leader Hon Haruna Iddrissu begs to differ from the Vice President’s position starting that undertaking a SIM re-registration exercise will not solve the issue of Mobile Money fraud as expected by Dr Bawumia.
He said the Vice President is “ill-informed, inept and highly naive,” with that assumption.
“The solution to the challenges of fraud within the electronic money ecosystem goes beyond SIM registration,” he said.
“We hold the view that the mandatory re-registration of SIMS provides no substantial benefit in the fight against electronic money fraud, and will face practical challenges such as inbound travellers who require a SIM card without a national ID,” he added.
These are the simple steps to follow for your SIM re-registration
1. Dial the shortcode *404#
2. Enter Ghana Card Pin ( Note: Enter letters and figures without hyphens)
3. Confirm Ghana Card Pin
4. Enter Surname
5. Enter First Name(s)
6. Enter Date of Birth (Format: DDMMYYYY)
7. Select Sex
8. Confirm Details
9. Submit Details Provided After Confirmation
1, If successful, you will get a confirmation message with a unique code
2, If unsuccessful due to wrong details, you have 3 attempts to answer security questions
A second stage of the registration process requires that users visit the office of their telecom service providers.