Aggrieved customers of GN Savings at Tongor-Dzemeni in the South Dayi District of the Volta region have given two weeks ultimatum to management of the bank to pay them their investments or face court action.
The customers, most of whom are fishermen, fish mongers, farmers and market women said their businesses had collapsed due to the locking up of their capitals in the bank since last year.
They said some customers who were loan defaulters, having invested with the GN Savings bank also had their creditors on their heels.
They said they could not take care of their homes or pay school fees, with a few being threatened with divorces.
At a press conference at Tongor-Dzemeni, Mr John Abotsi, spokesperson for the customers said the situation was also having a negative impact on the local market, which served as source of livelihood for most women in the area.
“Most market women cannot go to the market to transact business again because the bank is sitting on their investments. The vibrancy of the market is dying with joblessness,” he stated.
Mr Abotsi said last year the bank had issues with liquidity and informed customers that efforts were being made to rescue the bank, and must be given some time to pay investments bank.
He said “it’s been almost a year since the crisis, and we are yet to receive refunds of our monies, although we made several attempts”.
Mr Abotsi said the bank was deliberately turning a blind eye to their plight, although most of them invested their hard earned monies, including loans acquired from other banks to fund their businesses.
He said “we considered the failure of the Bank to refund our investments back to us as unjust, inhuman, wickedness and total infringement on our rights as citizens of this country.
“The bank is taking advantage of the national crisis to rob us of our toiled earnings, having desisted from refunding us our investments. Trust had been betrayed and the management has clearly displayed lack of concern for its customers who placed unwavering faith in it”, he said.
Mr Abotsi said government’s approach to the cleaning up of the banking sector, though commendable, had ended up getting customers in sudden state of loss, desolation and despair.