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Business News of Thursday, 1 October 2020


99.2% of Banks, Savings & Loans customers have received their funds – Bawumia

The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has said that 461,339 depositors who had their funds locked up after the revocation of licenses of some S & Ls and MFIs have been paid.

This paid group is made up of members of defunct Savings and Loans (S & Ls) as well as microfinance firms (MFIs).

According to Dr Bawumia, all customers of the nine defunct banks whose licenses were revoked by the Bank of Ghana have also been paid.

“As we sit here today, all the banks' depositors have been paid. And then you have the savings and loans and microfinance institutions, the depositors’ there–savings and loans were 300,089 depositors that have made reclaims– that is about 23 savings and loans. So far we have paid 296,344”, he said on Asempa FM.

Furthermore, Dr Bawumia indicated that 3,745 customers of savings and loans are yet to receive the funds due to related and third party transactions which are being investigated.

“If you look at microfinance, there were claims of 165,168 and the receiver has paid 164,995. So in total, the claims for the savings and loans and microfinance which is 465,257 separate claims and then we’ve paid 461,339. So 99.2 percent have been paid”, he emphasized.

The Vice President once again chastised the previous managers of the Central Bank saying they supervised a poorly structured microfinance sector.

“As I said the microfinance sector was one of the most poorly set up sectors. They [microfinance institutions] had made all sorts of investments that were not tenable; savings and loans too. It was difficult essentially doing a rescue of all these struggling institutions”, he added.

Reasons behind the revocation of licenses of S&Ls & MFIs

The Bank of Ghana in August last year revoked the licences of 23 insolvent savings and loans companies and finance house companies.

The Central Bank in a statement attributed the move as necessary because the S&Ls have become insolvent.

Earlier in May 2019, the BoG also revoked the licenses of 347 insolvent microfinance companies.

The licences of 192 of them were revoked in addition to that of another 155 that have ceased operations.

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