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Banking Sector Investing with us is safe – Menzgold challenges BoG

The Central Bank and Menzgold have been on different pages in recent times, with the latter being accused of lacking the necessary license.

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The management of Menzgold Ghana Company Limited has urged the public to disregard a notice from the Bank of Ghana suggesting it is unsafe to invest with their company.

The Central Bank and Menzgold have been on different pages in recent times, with the latter being accused of lacking the necessary license.

READ ALSO: Menzgold Ghana: BoG warns general public against depositing money at Menzgold Ghana

According to the BoG, Menzgold does not have the license to engage in “solicitation, receipt of money or investment and the payment of dividends or returns to its clients”.

 

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Central Bank said Menzgold is into deposit-taking activity, which is in breach of section 6(1) of the Banks and Specialised Deposit-Taking Institutions Act, 2016 (Act 930).

The BoG, therefore, cautioned the general public to stay away from depositing their monies at Menzgold, warning that anyone who transacts business with them “does so at his or her own risk”.

The management of Menzgold, though, has countered the claims of the Central Bank, insisting it is safe for the public to invest with their organization.

“Our activities are not within the scope of the Banks and Specialized Deposit-Taking Institutions, Act, 2016, Act 930. It, therefore, cannot be said that we are in breach of the Act,” a statement from Menzgold said.

READ ALSO: Nana Appiah Mensah: Menzgold boss calls BoG’s bluff

It added: “Menzgold Ghana finds it unfortunate and disparaging that the Bank of Ghana, with whom we have had a number of engagements over the years and taken them through our business procedures would still issue such a statement. Unfortunate and insensitive as the statement may be, we are resolved and even keener to continue to deliver the best of service to our customers in Ghana and beyond.”

Read the full statement below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Management of Menzgold Ghana has sighted with deep indignation a notice from the Bank of Ghana issued to the general public on 6th August 2018.

Menzgold Ghana would like to assure our customers that we are a law-abiding organisation working within the remits of our license.

We hereby state emphatically that we DO NOT accept deposits from customers or carry on a deposit taking business in Ghana. Our activities are not within the scope of the Banks and Specialised Deposit-Taking Institutions, Act, 2016, Act 930. It therefore CANNOT be said that we are in breach of the Act.

The activities of Menzgold Ghana Limited is restricted to allowing customers to purchase gold or deal in gold as an alternative investment. The Bank of Ghana is clearly aware that these activities are outside the scope of The Banks and Specialised Deposit-Taking Institutions, Act, 2016, Act 930.

Menzgold Ghana finds it unfortunate and disparaging that the Bank of Ghana, with whom we have had a number of engagements over the years and taken them through our business procedures would still issue such a statement. Unfortunate and insensitive as the statement may be, we are resolved and even keener to continue to deliver the best of service to our customers in Ghana and beyond.

Management assures the general public that doing business with Menzgold is safe. The Company is growing in strength and expanding with offices recently opened in United Kingdom, Spain and soon in Nigeria. Our doors as always are open to the Bank of Ghana and any other organisation that would want to seek clarity on our business.

That said, it is imperative that Government and other State Intuitions support indigenous business initiatives to thrive in this economy while putting in the correct supervisory mechanisms to ensure that they operate within the remits of the law.

We pray that authorities will show more interest in building, nurturing and supporting business growth in an enabling atmosphere as anything to the contrary could be detrimental to the economy of the Nation.

Signed
Management,
MENZGOLD GHANA

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