Some of the customers
Some customers of the collapsed savings and loans companies and other microfinance institutions (MFIs) have threatened to vote against the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) if their locked-up deposits are not paid before the 7 December 2020 general elections.
The affected customers say life has become unbearable for them after the Bank of Ghana revoked the licences of the financial institutions.
They complained that while some of their colleagues have died as a result of the situation, others’ businesses have collapsed. Also, some students have dropped out of school because they could not pay their school fees.
Addressing a press conference organised by the Coalition of Affected Savings and Loans Customers (CASLOC) in Kumasi, Ashanti Region today, Wednesday, 11 December 2019, the group’s Secretary, Mr Ezekiel Annor Akabgo refuted claims by the Governor of the Bank of Ghana that 95 per cent of customers of the collapsed financial institutions have been paid.
He urged the governing NPP to take a cue from the DKM issue that led to the ousting of the Mahama administration.
The BoG in August this year revoked the licences of twenty-three (23) insolvent savings and loans companies and finance house companies as well as 347 microfinance companies.
“It is the Bank of Ghana’s assessment that these institutions have no reasonable prospects of recovery, and that their continued existence poses severe risks to the stability of the financial system and to the interests of their depositors,” the statement added.
BoG, in the statement, explained that the actions “were taken pursuant to Section 123 (1) of the Banks and Specialised Deposit-Taking Institutions Act, 2016 (Act 930), which requires the Bank of Ghana to revoke the licence of a Bank or Specialised Deposit-Taking Institution (SDI) where the Bank of Ghana determines that the institution is insolvent. The Bank of Ghana has also appointed Mr. Eric Nipah as a Receiver for the specified institutions in line with section 123 (2) of Act 930.”
Mr Annor Akpagbo called on the Receiver to act swiftly because the “affected depositors are dying slowly every now and then and, so, the government must act now,” he said.