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The ministry of communications and digitalisation on Tuesday (22 March) extended the deadline for the SIM card re-registration from March to 31 July.

The Minister of Communications and Digitalisation Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has said the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) must be blamed for the long queues at the SIM card registration centres.

“I need to make this point, even before the elections were done, this [Ghana] card registration exercise took off I believe in 2018 thereof, the National Democratic Congress told its members not to register and to boycott it,” Owusu-Ekuful said on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Wednesday (23 March).

“So, the queues we are seeing currently are directly attributable to that action that the NDC took, and if we had all availed ourselves of that opportunity at that time, everybody who wanted a card would have gotten it by now and we wouldn’t have been seeing the queue,” she told the ABS host Kwaku Nhyira-Addo.

“It is through no fault of the National Identification Authority, it is those who did not register at the time the nationwide registration exercise was opened who are having to go through this thing. So let’s lay the blame where it is and stop beating NIA over a situation which wasn’t their own doing.”.

Owusu-Ekuful urged Ghanaians to stop politicising national exercises in the future.

“And let me appeal to everyone that when there is a national exercise, let’s not politicise it, because at the end of the day, it is the citizen who suffer. It is not the party which is queueing to acquire the card…” she added.

Meanwhile, the deadline for the SIM card re-registration has been extended to 31 July, the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation announced on Tuesday (22 March).

The Ghana Card is the main requirement for the registration.

Fred Dzakpata Asaaseradio.com

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