Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia says Ghanaians will have to re-register their sim cards with the Ghana Card beginning July or lose them.
According to him, the move is part of efforts to digitize the economy for enhanced accountability and economic growth.
“I expect that the minister for communication and Digitalization will soon announce that we will all from the end of June or maybe beginning of July this year everybody will have to register their sim with a national ID otherwise we lose that sim.
“This will give us identity for a real momo transaction then take away issues of Fraud from Sim box or through momo so we can discard all of that,” Dr. Bawumia said at the 5th CEO Summit in Accra, where he was guest of honor.
The exercise is to add to the country’s central database with unique IDs.
The process of registration can be done on one’s phone and does not require a visit to a Telco outlet.
The Ghana Card is used to validate a person’s identity at airports, borders, police check posts and while booking tickets. The emerging Ghana railway travel may require a person to carry their Ghana Card especially if e-tickets are introduced.
Furthermore, the Vice President said “we’re also digitizing the Births and Death Registry; the digitization is 80% complete. What we are putting in place is a system, so that from next year when a child is born within a month, each child will be given a unique National ID number.”
Dr. Bawumia also expressed government’s commitment to rebuild a resilient economy through policy response and strategies.
According to him, the country will achieve this through digitization of the economy which will trigger more revenue growth and expansion of the economy.
“We have to move into a new economy because it is going to provide a single source of truth and a unique identity for all transactions across the spectrum. And so this year, what we’ve been doing since we came into office has been the integration of the national ID card database with other key databases.