Aggrieved customers of the collapsed banks have issued a two-week ultimatum to the government to pay them their locked-up funds or they picket the Jubilee House.
“We want to use this medium to serve a two-week ultimatum to the government to initiate alternative plans to pay all depositors our monies as soon as possible! Certainly, we cannot wait for five years to be short-changed when the value of our deposits will lose value because no interest is accruing on it”, the angry customers said in a statement.
“We want the government to understand that we didn’t force them to collapse any bank or financial institution; they took the decision on their own, perhaps, borne out of cruelty, witchcraft and greed. If after two weeks, we don’t receive any favourable revised payment plan from the government to refund and pay us all our monies, we shall besiege the Jubilee House and ‘occupy’ it till they pay us our money. We shall not leave the Jubilee House until every single one of us is paid,” the statement added.
In 2017, the Bank of Ghana (BoG), took over two indigenous banks, UT Bank and Capital Bank for being insolvent. GCB Bank took over the two banks.
A year later, the central bank, again merged five banks – uniBank, Royal Bank, Beige Bank, Sovereign Bank and Construction Bank to form the Consolidate Bank Ghana citing same reason of insolvency.
Read the full statement of the aggrieved customers below:
PRESS CONFERENCE BY COALITION OF AGGRIEVED CUSTOMERS OF COLLAPSED BANKS
Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen from the Media, you are welcome to today’s Press conference by the Coalition of Aggrieved Customers of Collapsed Banks.
We thank you for making yourselves available at very short notice for this all-important presser.
Ladies and Gentlemen, you may recall, that Government in 2017-2018 decided to undertake some reforms in the banking and financial services sector. Government through various communiqués assured us, depositors, that our monies would be safe and that we should not panic because the cardinal objective of the financial sector reforms were to clean-up the system and make banks and allied financial institutions stronger.
Many of us who entrusted our money and lifetime savings in these banks and financial institutions held on to Government’s promise that our monies would be safe. We never anticipated that Government’s so-called clean-up of the banking and financial sector would take-down so many banks and financial institutions especially on the basis that Government itself indicated that it required between GHS9 billion to GHS13 billion to solve the crises in the banking and financial sector.
Considering that most of these banks that were taken down were indigenous banks, owned and operated by Ghanaians, we believe it was most cruel on the part of this and any Government to do this to its own people and then advocate “local content” and “private sector involvement as the engine of economic growth.” This also flies against Government’s own “Ghana Beyond Aid” agenda.
After cruelly collapsing these banks and financial institutions, thereby rendering our children jobless, and denying our SMEs (Small Medium Enterprises) and Micro-businesses access to credit because these indigenous banks and locally owned financial institutions were and are the only source of financing for SMEs, Microbusinesses, traders etc. in the country.
So, in one stroke, the government, by collapsing local banks and financial institutions, thus, forcing the owners of these banks and financial institutions to lose their capital investments, has also collapsed many SMEs, Microbusinesses, and Ghanaian owned businesses who depended on these banks and financial institutions for financing and as a result many local businesses have folded up or wound their businesses for lack of credit financing and working capital finance to support and keep their businesses operating and afloat.
The cumulative effect of the government’s collapse of banking and financial institutions is that liquidity or circulation of money (i.e. flow of money) in the real sectors of the economy from which banks and financial institutions used to mobilise deposits and honour customer withdrawals has dried up. Worse still through this action Government has rendered us, depositors, impotent, useless and redundant.
Many of our businesses have collapsed, we lost our loved ones who died from the shock and pain of losing their lifetime investments and savings, and many could not pay their medical bills for surgeries that could have otherwise saved their lives. A good number of us with underlying debilitating health conditions couldn’t cope with the financial pressures associated with healthcare costs and many have lost their lives. Our wives have deserted us and have taken our children to other men because we could not properly take care of them and our marital responsibilities with dignity as fathers and husbands anymore.
With these developments, how can we wake up at night to go and queue and vote for a government only for the government to come into power and do this us????
Today Government is saying they can’t pay us, so they have issued a 5-year bond for our locked up deposits (i.e. savings and investments). Five (5) years paper (IOU) ooh! With zero coupon rate, that is zero or no interest paid on our deposits and investments after we have to wait for the 5 years to receive our money (deposits, savings and investments) back!
What sort of wickedness is this? How can you take someone’s money for 5 good years and say you won’t add interest to the money???
Then after many of us depositors agitated by saying we cannot wait for 5 years and we want our money now, then Government tells us to take the 5-year bonds to CBG (Consolidated Bank of Ghana) who will discount the bonds by 50% of the face value amount of the bond and pay that to us immediately (now) whilst we forfeit or forgo the remaining 50% of the bond value which CBG will keep.
So, if you have GHS100,000 deposit locked up and converted into the 5-year bond and you want your money now and cannot wait for 5 years, CBG will discount and only pay you GHS50,000 and take away the remaining GHS50,000 of your money which you will forfeit and forgo.
God! This Government is not only wicked but they are recklessly cruel as well.
How can you say we forfeit 50% of our own hard-earned sweat money if we want our money now?
If you don’t have money to pay us now, where are you getting the money to pay for the discounted 50% at CBG???
We want to use this medium to serve a two-week ultimatum to Government, to initiate alternative plans to pay all depositors our monies as soon as possible! Certainly, we cannot wait for 5 years to be short-changed when the value of our deposits will lose value because no interest is accruing on it.
We want Government to understand that we didn’t force them to collapse any bank or financial institution, they took the decision on their own perhaps borne out of cruelty, witchcraft and greed.
If after two weeks we don’t receive any favourable revised payment plan from Government to refund and pay us all our monies, we shall besiege the Jubilee House and “Occupy” it till they pay us our money. We shall not leave the Jubilee House until every single one of us is paid.
We have duly served our notice, may the officials who have ears listen. This is not a threat, we are in dangerous times and if anyone attempts to mess with us, we will also mess with the person too.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Media we thank for honouring our invitation.