Hundreds of customers of GN savings formally known as GN Bank in the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region have in a peaceful demonstration dram home their incessant desire to retrieve their locked-up savings whether rain or shine.
The angry customers made up of retired workers, business men and women, petty traders, peasant farmers and several other classes of customers have vowed to retrieve their locked up savings with the financial institution.
They aggrieved customers bemoaned their struggles in going about their activities as business is suffocating, farmers unable to procure farm inputs for the season vis-à-vis the repercussion (further aggravating their poverty level) on the dependents.
The peaceful demonstration was laced with the chanting of war songs amidst the carrying of placards with inscriptions such as; we need our money now or suicide, GN, Be responsible, Is GN the same as DKM or Menzgold, among many others.
Spokesperson for the aggrieved demonstrators, Mr.Mort Elias Afari says they were disappointed in Ndoum and the GN savings for totally neglecting the plight of the customers. Mr. Mort further went on to accuse the company of causing the untimely death of some retired workers who could not access their savings and even other customers who allegedly attempted to commit suicide in order to avoid their creditors. He therefore demanded the immediate release of their savings or they give them a roadmap with clear dates on how to access their savings.
He envisages the consequences of their predicament causing acute food shortage in the District should government not come to their aid since farmers can’t afford farm inputs this season.
Mr. George Kpari, the Regional Manager of GN savings assured the demonstrators of their resolve to make funds available so that they can be served. He mentioned that some of the customers do sometimes get served though in a little way and below expectation by customers.
“we are gradually recovering; that’s why some of you when you come here to demand for your monies, we are able to meet you half-way, but I’m assuring you that in no time, everything will be fine.’’ Mr. Kpari pleaded.
Some of the aggrieved customers who spoke to the media complained that they can no longer cater for their children’s medical bills, grow their own businesses or even farm this season because their monies are locked up at GN savings.
Report by: PETER AGENGRE