Collapsed bank’s staff writes exams to justify employment

Thousands of workers of five defunct banks are writing aptitude tests across the country to justify their employment status with the newly created Consolidated Bank Ghana Limited  (CBG).

The over 3,000 workers were absorbed by the Consolidated Bank after the collapse of uniBank, Construction Bank, Sovereign Bank, Beige Bank and Royal Bank in August this year

An email to the workers informing them about the upcoming tests last week said each person was required to undertake the assessment scheduled for Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, the 16th.

“For your convenience, there are 10 test locations across the country. Your test venue will be selected for you based on proximity to your location. Please note that the assessment will be conducted online and is expected to last for one (1) hour.

“Over the course of the next 48 hours, you will receive personalised invitations, informing you of your test Venue and the competency area you have been mapped to. The competency area has been determined by your previous responsibilities in the member banks as well as its alignment to CBG’s strategic goals,” the letter added.

Some staff who took the test complained that they were not given enough time to prepare for it.

“We are not prepared. We had the mail at dawn – around 2 AM and they wanted us to print and present, so we are not ready,” one of the staff told the media.

Another said, “It was impromptu because if you receive a mail around 1 AM saying you should come and write an exam at 12 PM, it is some way.”

The employment ministry had, however, said the over 2,000 workers that were anticipated to lose their jobs will be engaged in other alternative ventures to benefit the banking sector.

Meanwhile President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured the Ghanaian people that “those responsible for the sequence of activities that led to the ‘banking crisis’ will face the full brunt of the law if they are found to have broken the law”.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “It is not right that the overwhelming majority of ordinary Ghanaians should pay for the actions of a greedy few, without sanction.”

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, September 15, 2018, when he delivered a speech at the 80th Anniversary of the Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School, Legon.

The President stated that “the so-called ‘banking crisis’”, and the collapse and subsequent consolidation of some indigenous banks have been caused by the cutting of corners, circumvention of the laws, flouting and non-adherence to regulations, apparently with the complicity of senior officials of the Bank of Ghana.

 

 

Story: News Desk

 

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