Unibank customers besiege bank at Ashiaman to redraw monies

Some customers infront of the facility .

Some customers infront of the facility .

Scores of customers of the Ashaiman Branch of the Unicredit Ghana Limited, yesterday besieged the office to withdraw their moneys but were disappointed as no client was allowed to withdraw more than GH¢100 irrespective of the amount saved.

Some of the clients including the aged, pregnant and nursing mothers were at the branch as early 4: 00 a.m. to queue for numbers assigned them before the official banking time at 8:30 a.m.

One of the aggrieved customers, Veronica Amewushika Attopley, speaking with the Ghanaian Times said though the bank officially opened at 8:30a.m because the facility operated on a “first come first serve basis” the customers were compelled to get there at dawn or early in the morning.

A bank official who came to interact with the customers assured them that the bank would not close down and that things would be fine with time.

The 38-year-old single mother of three who operates a convenience shop said she had saved GH¢9,000 within a period of eight years but she had so far been paid in tranches, leaving about GH¢2,600 which she needed urgently to pay her son’s hostel fees at the university.

She said each customer was entitled to not less than GH¢100 and when the money runs out, they had to come back the subsequent week.

“Last week, I could not get my money, so, I was asked to come for it today. Please tell the government to help us because Unicredit is spoiling the money for us,” she appealed.

This reporter got to the bank at 7:20a.m. and was number 115.

A customer who had come to withdraw money complained bitterly about having to sit on the pavements in front of the bank under the scorching sun for hours to wait for the bank to open.

Another customer said in November Unicredit used to pay them GH¢100 every day then it came to GH¢100 every three days and now once a week.

“This is where we have our breakfast on Thursdays and we are getting tired,” she lamented.

From Dzifa Tetteh, Ashaiman.


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