Ghanaians Risk Losing Sim Numbers If……..- VEEP
Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has revealed that Ghanaians risk losing their sim numbers if they fail to re-register their SIM cards using the National Identification card by June this year.
According to him the move forms part of plans to rid the country’s cyberspace of fraud.
The Vice President noted that any individual who fails to take part in the exercise risks losing his or her SIM number and he made this known during the 5th Ghana CEO Summit in Accra.
“I expect that the Minister for Communications and Digitalization [Ursula Owusu Ekuful] will soon announce the date for registration of the SIM card. Maybe by the end of June or beginning of July this year, everybody will have to register their SIM with a National ID number,” he said.
“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,” he added.
“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,” Dr. Bawumia noted.
“We’ve integrated it with SSNIT, we’ve integrated with GRA. And with GRA, for example up to 2016, TIN numbers in Ghana were 750,000. By making the TIN number our national ID number, we’ve immediately increased it from 750,000 to 15.5 million as of now,” he concluded.