The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, showed decisive leadership with the banking sector clean-up.
These remarks were made by the party today, Monday, September 21, 2020, at a press conference.
The Chief Executive Officer of the State Transport Cooperation, Nana Akomea, who addressed the press conference, attributed the banking crisis to the poor leadership of former President John Dramani Mahama.
He added that the clean-up exercise undertaken by the Akufo-Addo administration has addressed the challenges facing the sector.
“The new government led by President Akufo-Addo showed decisive leadership right from the onset by cutting the rot that had engulfed Ghana’s financial system. The new leadership, with new leadership at the central bank as well in August 2018 took bold decisive and pragmatic steps.”
“Five big troubled banks were merged to form Consolidated Bank and capitalised to form a whopping sum of GHS450 million. That intervention has since addressed the banking sector crisis and clearly demonstrates that bad leadership was the major cause of the banking and financial crisis that we had before 2017.”
Decision to clean-up banking sector wasn’t taken lightly
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, earlier said the decision taken by the central bank to clean up the banking sector was carefully planned and was not done in a haste.
He stated that affected banks have engaged in acts that could be considered fraudulent, with some procuring their licences under fraudulent means coupled with poor corporate governance practices.
The weak nature of these banks, he said, threatened more than 4.6 million depositors, with several jobs also put on the line.
The clean-up saw the revocation of the licences of nine universal banks, 347 microfinance companies, of which 155 had already ceased operations, 39 micro credit companies/money lenders, 10 of which had already ceased operations, 15 savings and loans companies, eight finance house companies, and two non-bank financial institutions that had already ceased operations.