With one government decision after the other, the Ghana Card’s importance increases. It is slowly becoming the central identity card for all Ghanaians and even foreigners who wish to live in the country for a period of time exceeding 30 days. They can obtain what is called a non-citizen Ghana Card.
The Ghana Card has now been linked to social security, it is being linked to the National Health Insurance Scheme. Currently, it is forming the basis of obtaining the Tax Identification Number, which in turn, is also being demanded before one can access certain government services.
Starting last Friday, the Ghana Card is going to be the identity card that will be accepted to register mobile phone numbers.
The Ministry of Communication is championing a sim card re-registration exercise nationwide. Every person who has a SIM card is being required to register their SIM cards using the Ghana Card. That means that if you have even registered your SIM card before, either with your passport, Voter’s ID card or any other card, it is now invalid and you have to do another registration this time, using the Ghana Card.
This has got a lot of people who were not able to register for the Ghana Card during the mass registration exercise worried that they will lose the phone numbers they have been using for years.
According to the Ministry of Communication, the new SIM card registration exercise is started last Friday, October 1 and will end on March 31, 2022. This is a six months period for everyone to register their SIM cards.
With the Ghana Card becoming such an important ID card, people who tried to recently secure theirs were shocked to find out that they were being asked to pay GHS 250.00 before their request for the card will be processed.
One person who experienced this told Kuulpeeps.com in an interview that when he went to the Head of Office of the National Identification Authority (the organisation mandated to issue Ghana Card) to start the process of securing his Ghana Card, he was told to pay GHS 250.00. He said he was not given the option to opt for another service that would not require him to pay money.
Meanwhile, in a media release, Abudu Abdul-Ganiyu, who is the acting Head of Corporate Affairs for the National Identification Authority (NIA), said the Ghana Card is free.
Even at the Frequently Asked Questions of the NIA’s website, point 15 addresses this question about money. “The Ghana Card is free for Ghanaians in the first instance. However, if you want to register by appointment as an institution or family, you will be required to pay a fee to be determined by the Authority. Furthermore, renewals and replacements of lost or stolen cards will also attract a fee,” the NIA said.
About the question of the GHS 250.00, Abudu, in the media statement, noted that people are only required to pay that amount when they request the premium service in which they get the card on the same day of the registration.
Currently, the registration for the Ghana Card can be carried out at the 34 registration centres at 34 Ghana Revenue Authority’s offices across the country.
Ahead of the sim card reregistration on October 1, Mr. Abdul-Ganiyu said the authority’s regional offices will reopen for persons awaiting their Ghana Cards and you can also go there for your card.
If you are not prepared to pay for the premium service, then let them know that you want the normal service which is free of charge, however, it will take a couple of days for the card to be ready.
For the free service, it will take a little more time for your card to be ready, however, if you do it as soon as those offices are reopened, you will surely get your card and use it to register your SIM card before the March 31, 2022 deadline.
In case you have your card, then you need to do the registration now and do not procrastinate.
You can follow the steps below:
The Ghana Card has become a very essential ID card and you must do your best to secure yours.
Also, you must register your SIM card, not just because you will lose the number on March 31, 2022 if you don’t, but it will help to fight a lot of the Mobile Money fraud we have all fallen victim to.
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