National Identification Authority has expressed the willingness to pick up the pace in order for many Ghanaians to get their Ghana card in order to complete the on going SIM registration.
The Ghana card has become the sole primary documents required for most transactions in the country currently. The Ghana card is required during bank transactions, processing of various documents and recently for the re-registration of SIMs as directed by government.
Due to the long queues that have emerged at SIM registration centres and the desire to meet the registration deadlines, Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority Professor Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah says pressure on the NIA to deliver might not be met by Friday September 30 but is hopeful as efforts are underway.
He added individuals attempting to get a new card or correct errors on an existing one or seeking a replacement might not have the desired need met. Speaking during an interview on television to address the role the National Identification Authority plays to meet up the new deadline of September 30 for SIM re-registrations, he added that the National Identification Authority does not operate on deadline but in continuity.
Prof Attafuah said the Authority was set up to allow Ghanaians the luxury of time to get their cards and efforts are in place to achieve this.
The Minster of Communication and Digitalization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has again extended the SIM re-registration deadline due to visible long queues experienced at registration centres.
The new extension coincides with October 1st which will mark a one year period since the process commenced. This has mounted pressure on the authority with the Ghana card production as it has become the primary document the re-registrations and for most transactions across the country.
Failure by many to get their SIM cards re-registered after an earlier deadline extension has again pushed the Minister of Communications and Digitalization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, to extend the July 31 deadline to September 30. At the end of the new deadline all unregistered active SIM cards will be barred.