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General News of Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Source: Class FM

Be careful of unlicensed, mouth-watering schemes next time - Akufo-Addo to DKM customers

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has cautioned the general public against investing in financial institutions that are not licensed by the Bank of Ghana (BoG) or the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) which “will put us in a difficult position.”

Speaking on Techiman-based Classic FM, Nana Akufo-Addo advised Ghanaians that “it is important to find out whether a scheme is licensed by Bank of Ghana, Securities and Exchange Commission or whether it is legitimate.”

According to Nana Akufo-Addo, the erstwhile Mahama administration started paying some customers who had their monies locked-up in DKM and his regime is doing same with the assurance that every customer would be paid by the end of September this year.

“I instructed that we find money and pay all the locked-up funds. Since September 2017, we've made some payments. We are left with just a few.

"Even that, we’ve started paying. I'm sure you've heard that some people have received their money. By the end of September 2020, we will clear everything. I'll pay everybody and put an end to the matter once and for all,” he noted.

President Akufo-Addo is in the Bono East, Bono and Ahafo regions on a six-day working visit.

In 2015, the BoG suspended the operations of DKM Diamond Microfinance Company Limited for violating the Banking Act.

The Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) also froze five of the company’s accounts: DKM Mining, Transport, Shea Butter, Cement Depot and DKM Gas Filling Station

While DKM argued that it is a genuine financial institution registered under the Banking Act of Ghana and had not violated any law by BoG, the central bank indicated that the defunct financial institution failed to comply with the terms and conditions stipulated in its licence, and holds insufficient assets to meet its liabilities to depositors.

DKM collapsed during the Mahama-led administration.