From January 2020 to June 2020, owners of SIM cards will be required to undergo a re-registration exercise, the Communication Ministry on Monday announced.
The directive from the government would be part of moves to fight SIM card and mobile money fraud which has gained momentum over the past months.
At a press conference in Accra, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Communications Minister, announced that persons who fail to have their SIM cards re-registered would have their numbers deactivated.
She added that the re-registration would help subscribers to be properly identified, help track criminals and clamp down on fake identity.
“The ministry has consulted all relevant stakeholders and hereby announces that from 1st January 2020, we will all be required to re-register our sim cards. Any SIM card which is not registered will be deactivated by June 2020.
“We entreat all citizens, residents, and visitors to cooperate with us to ensure the success of this exercise for our collective security,” she said.
This directive from the communications Ministry comes months after Ghanaians expressed worry over the increasing cases of Mobile Money fraud in the country.
The issue is said to threaten the growth of the industry as well as affect financial inclusion.
Mobile money, which hitherto was a safe means of transacting business now seems to be an opportunity for scammers. Some of the methods they use includes text messages and phone calls.