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Joe Wise chairs uniBank probe C’ttee with Adongo, Afenyo others members

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 Source: Starr FM

Parliament has set up a 9-member committee to investigate the circumstances leading to the revocation of licenses of uniBank and UT bank.

The Committee chaired by first deputy Speaker Joseph Osei-Owusu has four-members each from each side of the House.

In his ruling over concerns raised by the Majority that House cannot consider the petitions from Dr Kwabena Duffuor of uniBank and Prince Kofi Amoabeng of UT because they are matter before a court, the speaker said Parliament is imbued with the powers to consider the issues despite the court proceedings over them.

“Consequently, Hon. Members, it is my ruling that admitting and laying of the petitions do not contravene the rule on sub judice.

“That a Committee of Parliament which I had ruled earlier to be a committee of 7 be a committee of 9 chaired by the Hon. 1st Deputy Speaker. The Committee is directed to consider the petitions and duly report to the House at the commencement of the Second Meeting,” the Speaker said in his ruling.

Below are members of the commitee

Hon. Joseph Osei-Wusu – Chairperson

Hon. Alexander Afenyo- Markin

Hon. Joe Ghartey

Hon. Patrick Yaw Boamah

Hon. Samuel Atta- Akyea

Hon. James Klutse Avedzi

Hon. Cassiel Ato Forson

Hon. Isaac Adongo

Hon. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare (Mrs.)

Petition

The Founder of collapsed uniBank Ghana Limited, Dr Kwabena Duffuor has petitioned Parliament to investigate circumstances that led to the collapse of the bank by the Bank of Ghana.

In a petition to Parliament, Dr Duffuor is asking Ghana’s law-making body to:

(i): investigate the conduct of the Bank of Ghana in the takeover, the appointment of an Official Administrator of uniBank Ghana Limited and the circumstances surrounding the revocation of the banking license of uniBank Ghana Limited:

(ii): Direct the restoration of the banking license of uniBank Ghana Limited by the Bank of Ghana and the remedying of the harms done the shareholders’ property rights as a result of the conduct of the Bank of Ghana;

(iii) Give any other directives that Parliament may deem appropriate.

A similar petition seeking similar reliefs has also been presented to Parliament by the founder of defunct UT Bank, Prince Kofi Amoabeng.

uniBank Collapse

uniBank went into official administration on March 20, 2018, and was eventually collapsed by the Bank of Ghana on August 1, 2018.

The local bank was one of five banks merged by the Bank of Ghana (BoG) into the Consolidated Bank Ghana Limited.

Official Administrator, KPMG, in the course of its audit discovered that about GHS5.7 billion was owed by shareholders of uniBank as of March 20, 2018.

The GHS5.7 billion was the focus of a previous suit by Nii Amanor Dodoo who was acting as the Receiver.

Among other things, the bank’s interest income and other sources of income were said to be insufficient to cover the associated cost of funds of underlying borrowings and liabilities, as well as overheads of about GHS0.31 billion per annum.

These claims have, however, been challenged by the bank’s directors and Dr. Duffuor also sued to get the court to declare the license for the Consolidated Bank null and void.

Source: Starr FM
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