Some residents in the Bolgatanga Municipality of the Upper East Region are calling on the Ministry of Communication and Digitalisation to extend the July 31 deadline for sim card re-registration with the Ghana card or else many Ghanaians may be blocked.
According to them, there are still many Ghanaians who have not gone through the processes to acquire the Ghana Card which is the sole identity for the sim card re-registration process.
They explained that the process of getting a Ghana card is fraught with challenges and therefore Ghanaians may not be able to beat the deadline.
A resident, Albert Nyaaba asserted that most of the registration centres are not able to meet the number of people they ideally would want to meet and the challenge has always been network and unavailability of cards to be printed.
He stated, “some of the places the number that they do per day is small and when you look at the people it is like half of Ghanaians are not yet having the cards so I will be happy if they can extend the date for the registration because most Ghanaians are not having the cards, many people will not be able to get their sims registered before the deadline”.
He added that the National Identification Authority should increase its officials at the various centres and then fix the challenges confronting the exercise so it could help scale up the output if not many Ghanaians will lose their sim cards.
Mr. Nyaaba’s explanation is no different from Prince Abugya who fears he might lose his business partners as a result of the impending sim card blocking by the Communications Ministry because he is part of the chunk of people who have not still registered their sim cards because they do not have the Ghana Cards to go through the processes of registration.
He stated that “I cannot really talk much because Mobile Money is there a lot of contacts is there, I am a business person so if they just do that right now I will lose a lot of jobs. So, I think if they can extend the time small like till next month so we can get the time to do the Ghana card and register the sim cards”
Meanwhile, Madam Cecilia Abane who has gone through the registration process some three months ago is still yet to receive her Ghana card after she was told to come back for it in a week’s time, which eventually extended to months. She says it is frustrating to be asked to go and come when there is no assurance that she will receive her Ghana Card.
It would however be recalled that in a recent interview on the same platform explained that there has been an increasing demand for the Ghana card within the past few weeks in the Upper East Region because some communities, driven by excessive politics, decided not to be a part of the mass registrations exercise for the card, along with the subsequent mop-up exercise.
This came to light when the Upper East Regional Registration Officer for the NIA, Ibrahim Awudu spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show, today, Monday, July 18, 2022.
A lot of people did not take the opportunity to register in this region. There were too many political talks about it. People bought into it. It affected a lot of them. Now that people are feeling that and seeing the need for the Ghana card, they are now rushing. That is why we have a huge number rushing to our offices.” [See full interview here].
“I can give you a typical example; Doba in the Kassena Nankana Municipality and some of the other communities over there, refused to register even when we went and pleaded with them during the mass registration. They refused to register and now they are the people who are blocking up our offices and giving us a huge challenge,” he said.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Kennedy Zongbil|Bolgatanga|Ghana