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Impunity caused banks’ collapse – Bright Simons


Vice President of IMANI Africa, Bright Simmons, has attributed the collapse of some banks in the country to impunity on the part of the key stakeholders at the various financial institutions. In the past year, seven local banks have collapsed. They are Capital Bank, uniBank, Sovereign Bank, Construction Bank, The Beige Bank, UT Bank and the Royal Bank. A recent ...

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Inflation for July falls to 9.6 percent

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Inflation for the month of July fell from 10 percent to 9.6 percent. This represents a 0.4 percentage decrease. Inflation measures the change in the general price level of goods and services over time. Speaking at a press conference, the acting Government Statistician, Baah Wadieh said the drop was due to the food component in the inflation basket. According to ...

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Parliament C’ttee to probe collapse of 7 banks


The Finance Committee of Parliament has scheduled a three-day hearing to probe the collapse of seven local banks in the last twelve months. “The committee has decided to hold hearings on the 5th to 7th September on the collapse of the banks here in Parliament,” the Chairman of the Finance Committee, Dr. Mark Assibey Yeboah told the press on Wednesday. Dr. ...

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BoG sets up ethics & internal investigations office


Bank of Ghana has set up an Office of Ethics and Internal Investigations as a first line of defense in its strategy to strengthen the financial sector. This was revealed by Information Minister nominee, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah at a press briefing. Citing a four step strategy by the government to improve the financial sector, Mr. Nkrumah revealed that the office was necessary ...

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Consolidated Bank: Director for Construction bank wraps up work

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One of the Directors under the newly Consolidated bank in charge of the erstwhile Construction Bank, Abenaa Kesewaa Brown is hopeful of completing her work by next month [September]. The transitional role involves assessing the defunct bank’s books, staff strength and other expenditure which will inform further decisions for the consolidation. The Construction bank announced the dissolution of its operations ...

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Ofori-Atta hints of action against those behind banks’ collapse

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Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has said government will ensure persons responsible for the collapse of some local banks in the country will be made to face the law. He believes the collapse of these banks was not a failure on the part of the banks, but individuals who stole depositors’ funds for their personal use. Speaking at press conference to inaugurate ...

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I wasn’t responsible for daily operations of Capital Bank – Otabil

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The Board Chairman of defunct Capital Bank, Pastor Mensa Otabil, has subtly denied direct involvement in the woes of the financial institution. In his first public reaction to the development which has been a controversial subject in the media space, Mensa Otabil said his role as the chairman of the bank’s board was a non-executive one hence he was not ...

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Former UT, Capital banks workers rejected due to stigmatization


A year after the collapse of UT and Capital banks, some workers are still battling with the stigmatization of working under a company that collapsed. The former workers tell Citi Business News they are turned away anytime they apply for a job in the financial sector due to the stigmatization. About 700 people lost their jobs when Capital bank and ...

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Group petitions parliament over collapse of banks


A Civil Society Group, New Era Africa (NERA) has petitioned parliament to conduct a bi-partisan public enquiry into the recent banking crisis. According to NERA, the cost of seven defunct banks in the past one year will be borne by people of Ghana, hence it will prudent for the people’s representative to probe the issues that led to the collapse ...

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Ken Thompson writes: Collapsed banks did not fail; they were greedy, reckless


On August 2nd we woke up to 30 banks. When we went to bed a day before there were 34 banks. Five banks that had ‘kaput’ had now become Consolidated Bank Ghana Limited. Five had become one; UniBank, Sovereign Bank, Construction Bank, BEIGE Bank, and Royal Bank has been ‘consolidated’ to form a new entity after they, according to the ...

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