The Office designated by the Brong-Ahafo Regional Coordinating Council to receive claims and authentic documents from customers of DKM Diamond Micro finance continues to record high number of people who on daily bases throng the centre to submit their coloured photocopies of their deposit claims.
The Office located located in the Sunyani, the Regional Capital behind the Jubilee Park was secured by the Regional Coordinating Council with endorsement from the Registrar General’s Department was to afford customers in the Region to submit their claims to the official liquidator instead of traveling to the earlier designated offices outside the Regional.
On the first day when the office was officially opened for the agents to receive claims from customers, hundreds of desperate customers besieged the Jubilee Park in their numbers to submit their document.
Banewsgh.com’s reporter, Danjuma Yaro visited the centre and reported that, as at 8;00am when he got there, some of the customers went there as early as 5;00am where in a long cue with some of them also crowded at one place waiting for them to be attended to by the agents before the final submission.
There was a serious struggle for the forms because the customers who had besieged the centre outnumbered the forms hence creating a shortage. However, some of the customers took advantage of the shortage and made photocopies of the forms and were selling them to customers for One Ghana Cedis (GH¢1.00) instead of the Fifty Pesewas.
Some Customers who went through the process and finally submitted their deposit claims, spoke with our reporter and expressed concern about an amount of twenty Ghana Cedis (GH¢20.00) being taken from them by the Commissioner of Oath as the cost of stamping on their document to give it legal authority.
Leadership of the Concerned Customers of DKM led by Maxwell Mahama accused the Regional Minister Mr Eric Opoku of extorting monies from desperate customers through the agents, an allegation the P.R.O for the Regional Coordinating Council, Mr Cobby Acheampong has discounted and described it as an attempt to create a credibility problem for the process and also drag the hard won reputation of the Minister in the mud for cheap political gains.
According to him the Regional Minister has no knowledge about the monies being taken from the customers by the Commissioner of Oath and described the amount being charged as too high and asked the customers to go anywhere they could get their documents stamped at a lesser fees. so the amount has since been reduced to GH¢5 instead of the initial amount being charged which riased an eye brow.
Notwithstanding the allegations and concerns raised by the leadership of the Group, affected Customers continue to throng the center to submit their documentation with the optimism that, the process would be handled expeditiously to ensure the timely release of their savings.
With some few days to the end of the submission process, the center continues to record huge number of customers on daily basis who join long cues, defying the scorch weather condition to have their documents submitted before the deadline.