Evil, corrupt qwikloan defaulters will be found — Ursula Owusu

Ghana’s Communications and Digitalisation minister, Ursula Owusu has said that telcos will soon come after persons who has taken ‘Qwikloan’ and have decided to register their sim cards.

‘Qwikloan’ is a mobile money loan service run by most of the telcos in partnership with the Afb Ghana. It is easy and convenient service that enables customers to access loans using their mobile phones.

However, some customers have remained uncommitted despite the opportunity made available to them as they have refused to pay off the loans secured from their mobile network operators.

It is on the back of this that the Minister of Communications and Digitalization, Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekufful, has descended on the defaulters, describing the refusal to settle the loans as an act that connotes “evil corruption”.

In a Facebook post, Mrs. Ekufful said she was aware that people who have taken loans from mobile operators have decided not to re-register their SIM cards to avoid repaying their loans. She described it as an act that connotes “evil corruption” and strongly indicated the defaulters will be found.

“I have also been informed that people who have obtained quick loans from their service providers have decided not to register those SIMs to avoid repaying the loans. That is evil corruption and you will be found out,” she said.

Meanwhile, the deadline for the nation SIM re-registration exercise has been extended to September 30, 2022. This was confirmed by Madam Ursula Owusu while addressing the media on Sunday.

“Upon consultation with the industry and in view of the challenges enumerated above, I have very reluctantly decided to grant a final conditional extension.

“The pogramme will be extended to 30th September to end on the anniversary of its commencement. That will give us one full year of SIM registration to 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 fully receiving certain services including voice and data services. It will also be more expensive to use unregistered SIMs. The full range of punitive measures will be announced at another press briefing in September,” she stated.