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SIM card re-registration deadline extended to September 30

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The SIM card re-registration exercise has been extended to September 30, 2022.

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Many people have been struggling to re-register their SIM cards as required by the Ministry of Communication and Digitalisation. The Exercise was scheduled to end on Sunday, July 31, 2022.

However, speaking at a press briefing on Sunday, the Communications and Digitalisation Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, said the extension followed consultations with industry stakeholders.

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“Upon consultation with the industry and in view of the challenges enumerated above, I have very reluctantly decided to grant a conditional extension. The programme will be extended to 30th September to end on the anniversary of its commencement.”

“That will give us one full year of SIM registration. It will be reviewed at the end of this month and any SIM that has not been fully registered by the end of August will be barred from receiving certain services including voice and data services,” she said.

The Minister noted that despite the challenges with the Ghana Card – long queues among others – many Ghanaians failed to register their SIMs after the deadline was extended.

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Thus, this extension of the deadline is the final one.

“The statistics indicate that there was a 90% drop in SIM reregistration, as soon as the first deadline was extended on 21st March. Until a week ago there were no queues, people started going to register when they realised that the deadline was imminent after going to sleep.”

“The mobile network operators, NCA, and the NIA have all engaged additional staff, procured the necessary logistics and are incurring significant expenses to conduct this exercise successfully, any extension of the process increases their cost,” she added.

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This comes after many Ghanaians besieged telecommunication outlets across the country in a desperate attempt to register their SIM cards ahead of the second deadline on Sunday, July 31.

In an analysis by JoyNews, about 7.9m Ghanaians were expected to lose SIM cards by the deadline.

According to data contained in the 2021 Population and Housing Census, there are 19.9 million Ghanaians who are 15 years and older.

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Out of this, only 15.7 million of them have been able to obtain their Ghana Card per the information given by the Finance Minister during the presentation of the 2022 mid-year budget review.

Of the 19.9 million, just 12 million, according to the Minister of Communications and Digitisation, have been able to fully register their SIM cards.

People called on the government and the Communications Ministry to extend the deadline of the SIM card re-registration exercise.

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Meanwhile, the Communications Minister has announced that a self sim registration app will be launched next week to help people register in the comfort of their homes.

Source: MyJoyoneline.com

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Frederick Nuetei Nortey known professionally as Frederick Nortey is a Ghanaian Celebrity Blogger and publicist.He founded fredericknuetei.com an entertainment website and blog that primarily publishes news about Ghanaian Celebrities.

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Prince Charles highlights desire of Ghanaian youths to create their own jobs in his International Youth Day message

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In a message for International Youth Day, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales said:

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“It is a great pleasure to be able to mark International Youth Day, an occasion which is immensely close to my heart. Today gives us all an opportunity to celebrate the incredible achievements of young people and, additionally, allows us to reflect on the impact that recent years have had on the younger generation. In terms of the adversities they have faced, it is remarkable to see the resilience and ambition young people continue to show in the face of unprecedented global challenges.

“It gives me great personal pride to reflect on the stories of the young people I have met through the work of my Prince’s Trust. Over the past forty-six years, The Prince’s Trust group of charities has helped well over one million young people in more than twenty countries to build better futures for themselves.

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“And yet many more young people continue to need our support, having endured vastly challenging events in recent years. From the impact of a public health crisis, and now a cost-of-living challenge, to the threat of climate change, there has been much to erode the hope of the younger generation”.

Concluding the message for International Youth Day, His Royal Highness added:

“It is time for us all to come together to support the world’s future workforce. From decades of experience in the United Kingdom, and now across the Commonwealth and beyond, my Trust has demonstrated that, by investing in the potential of young people, society and a circular, green economy based on harmony with Nature will feel the positive benefits for years to come.

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“I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who is already supporting young people around the world. But most of all, I want to show my appreciation of what the younger generation can achieve.  It is particularly important that you know your resilience is respected, your determination is admired and that our commitment to you is clear, in order to give you all the chance”.

Founded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and building on four decades of experience in the UK, Prince’s Trust International delivers employability, education and enterprise programmes in over 17 countries. The charity began piloting its programmes in Ghana in 2019 before launching its work in the country earlier this month.

Since 2019, Prince’s Trust International has supported over 1,500 young people in Ghana, partnering with Junior Achievement, Youth Opportunity and Transformation Africa, Environment 360, and funders including Fidelity Bank and Bank of America.

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Prince’s Trust International has now launched new research into the future of work, supported by HSBC. The research highlights ‘An Upskill Struggle’ for many young people on their journey from education to the workplace. The report encompasses a YouGov survey of 10,000 young people and focus groups across 12 countries.

The new research set out to understand the views of young people on the future of work and the actions business, government and civil society can take to help young people achieve their ambitions. The findings show that half (46%) of young Ghanaians would most like to set up their own business, by far the most popular choice compared to working for a large business (16%) or the Government (21%).

Alongside entrepreneurship, 87% of young people showed interest in securing a green job and 91% interested in digital jobs. With young people showing an eagerness to work in these emerging sectors, it is notable that almost all (98%) value life skills such as confidence, teamwork and communication.

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This week, Prince’s Trust International Chief Executive, Will Straw, attended an online event to discuss the findings of ‘An Upskill Struggle’ with partners in Ghana. During the event, participants discussed the challenges young people face and the need for partners to continue working together to support them.

Will Straw, Chief Executive of Prince’s Trust International, said:

“It is fantastic to see so many young people in Ghana excited by the possibility of setting up their own business, alongside their interest in growing sectors including in the green and digital economy. As we mark this International Youth Day and look ahead, we will build on these insights to ensure that our programmes continue to help young Ghanaians to realise their potential”.

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Building on the initial success of its pilot programmes, Prince’s Trust International will now be scaling up its work with partners in Ghana through the targeting of opportunities that will prepare young people for the labour markets of tomorrow and help them develop the entrepreneurship and business skills needed to succeed.

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Adjetey Anang , Black Sherif, James Gardiner and nominated for the 7th EMY Africa Awards, voting process begins

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The Nominations have opened for the ever-prestigious 7th EMY Africa Awards have been announced on Saturday, August 6, 2022, with the announcement aired live on Joy Prime on DSTV channel 281, Joy 99.7 FM, Akwaaba Magic and Akwaaba Magic Abusua on DSTV channels 150 and 149 respectively and streamed live on YouTube via EMY Africa network.

The nominee’s announcement show, which was shot at the plush Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra was a world class production. The hosts, the versatile screen empress Nana Ama McBrown and the experienced Prince Moses Ofori Atta combined their creativity and charm to make the show a delight to watch, in anticipation of the main Awards event on October 1, 2022. Only the nominees for the four voting categories were announced- Man of the Year Music, Discovery of the Year, Actor of the Year and Designer of the Year.

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The honorees for some of the honorary categories will be announced in the coming weeks leading to the main awards night, while the rest will be announced at the main awards event.

Voting process

To vote, individuals are expected to visit www.emyafrica.com  and vote for their favorite nominees. They can also like the nominees post on @emyafrica Instagram page and text EMY, plus the name of the preferred nominee and category to short code 1393 to complete the voting process. The public vote constitutes 50% of total vote for the 7th EMY Africa Awards.

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The voting process, according to the organizer, effectively ends on September 22, 2022.

“As we always do, it is important for the public to participate in this process to give confidence to the selection mechanism”, Executive Director of EMY Africa, Daniel Kojo Soboh said.

Spanning categories, such as; Man of the Year, Magnate Award, Humanitarian Award, Young Achiever Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Diasporan Award, Continental Icon Awards, The Technology Award, Woman of the Year, The Guardian Award, Health Award, and the Agriculture Award, this year’s event promises many positive surprises that has become the hallmark of the Awards.

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The voting categories

One of the key categories, MAN OF THE YEAR MUSIC, seeks to recognise the most prolific and consistent personality in the Music industry in the year under review. This honour is expected to go to an eventual winner who is Ghana-centric and have reach that extends beyond the country’s borders. In this category, big names such as Kidi, Kofi Kinata, King Promise and Joe Mettle made the slot.

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The DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR category, recognises a young adult-male who is emerging in a chosen industry. He must exhibit peer leadership skills and be a budding pillar of community. Names including Jeffrey Appiagyei, Black Sherif, Yemoh Ike & Amartei Armah and FREE THE YOUTH (Jonathan Coffie, Winifred Mensah, Richard Ormano and Kelly Foli) made the list.

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For the ACTOR OF THE YEAR, the eventual winner must be prolific and consistent in the movie industry in the year under review. He must be Ghana-centric and have reach that extends beyond the country’s borders. This category has nominees including, Adjetey Annag, Mawuli Gavor, Anthony Woode and James Gardiner.

Similarly, four key nominees have been shortlisted for the DESIGNER OF THE YEAR– a recognition which seeks to celebrate the most outstanding male designer, whose ideas are original and impactful. The nominees include Phillip Adjepong – Phil and Joe (Ghana), Mai Atafo – Atafo (Nigeria), George Tetteh – Atto Tetteh (Ghana) and Ezekiel Yartel- Yartel (Ghana).

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The 7th EMY Africa Awards is off with a great start with an impressive list of nominees, we can’t wait to see how grand the 7th Annual EMY Africa Awards is going to be on Saturday, 1st October, 2022. The 7thEMY Africa Awards is in partnership with the Diaspora Affairs-Office of the President of Ghana, GIPC, Rhythms Africa, Labadi Beach Hotel, Joy Entertainment (Joy FM, JOY Prime TV and Adom TV) and Akwaaba Magic Channel on DSTV

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