Hundreds of customers of DKM Micro Finance Company, whose savings with the company have been locked up at the Bank of Ghana last Saturday thronged the venue of the 15th Annual Delegates’ Conference of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Sunyani and appealed to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the party’s flagbearer, to come to their aid.
The customers, who held placards and clad in red apparels, said they were dying as a result of the lockup cash so the party should intervene on their behalf.
The protestors claimed that their pleas to the government had fallen on deaf ears and therefore had decided to take their case to the NPP standard bearer for resolution.
In a related development, the MP for Nkoranza North, Major (rtd) Derick Oduro (Deroo), has promised to head a team of disappointed customers to retrieve monies invested in DKM and other micro finance companies that have been locked up.
He was speaking at a forum organized by the Nkoranza Youth Association at Nkoranza, in the Brong-Ahafo Region when he called on all stakeholders, including departmental heads, to share their views on the investment brouhaha in the region.
Mr Oduro said he was disappointed in the Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Eric Opoku, the Bank of Ghana, his colleague Member of Parliament for Nkoranza South, Emmanuel Kwadwo Agyekum; the MCE and the DCE for failing to inform him (Oduro) about the Regional Security Council (RESEC) meeting that discussed the issue sometime ago.
According to him, he would continue to follow the issue until the BoG releases the money to customers. Deroo, as he is affectionately called by his compatriots, said his people were living in danger as some of them were dying and some parents were unable to pay their children’s school fees. Some of the people he claimed, could not even pay their utility and hospital bills.
Meanwhile, Emmanuel Kwadwo Agyekum (MP for Nkoranza South) who doubles as Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, had assured Nananom and the Nkoranza youth that he would intervene and that he should be given two weeks.
FROM Daniel Yao Dayee, Sunyani