General Overseer of the Open Arms Ministry, North Suntreso in the Kumasi Metropolis, Apostle Nkansah Sarkodie, popularly known as St Sark, is demanding that the closing date for re-registration of SIM cards be extended.
Speaking at a press conference at the Church auditorium in Kumasi, he cited the unavailability of materials for the Ghana Card which is the sole requirement for the SIM card re-registration as the reason for the call for an extension of the closing date.
He explains that a lot more Ghanaians including himself are yet to acquire the Ghana Card to be able to re-register their SIM. For this reason, he wants the 31st July deadline to be extended.
The Ministry of Communication and Digitalisation began the SIM re-registration on 1st October last year and gave 31st December 2021 as deadline. It however extended the deadline to 31st March 2022 to create more rooms for clients who were unable to register.
By the close of 31st March this year, 14,091,542 SIM cards had been linked to the Ghana Card while 10,348,532 users had their bio-data captured.
The Minister, Hon Ursula Owusu Ekuful after consultation with stakeholders extended the date further to 31st July 2022. She has recently warned there shall be no extension adding that clients who fail to re-register will lose their SIM cards permanently.
Her warning further angered St Sark who condemned the bossy nature of the whole process saying people should be allowed to register at their own will and leisure instead of forcing them.
The outspoken Priest who has been critical of the Akufo-Addo government of late wants the deadline further extended to the end of the year, 31st December 2022. He says a lot more Ghanaians including himself through no fault of theirs are yet to acquire their Ghana Card to be able to re-register their SIM.
Source Opemsuo.com/ Kwabena Kyeremateng Addo