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The General Manager (GM) of the Credit Unions Association (CUA), Mr B.B. Fidelis,  has stated that loan delinquencies and rampant  withdrawal of savings were major challenges currently facing the managements and Boards of credit unions.

He said if the practices were not checked, they would definitely collapse the credit Union Concept, aimed at alleviating the economic hardships of its members.

Mr Fidelis made these remarks when he addressed the 13th Biennial General Meeting and 44th Anniversary Celebration of the Swedru Teachers C-operative Credit Union at Agona Swedru.

The General Manager cautioned members who have defaulted in paying their loans to honour them immediately to enable others to benefit.

He called on the members to deist from rampant savings withdrawals to ensure sustainability of the unions.

The General Manager urged the managements, board of directors and other stakeholders of credit unions to find a lasting solution to the problem which had become a canker.

He said “if care is not taken the credit union spirit will surely die as a result of the attitudes of some members towards its management”.

Mr Fidelis said the savings are the bedrock of every credit union,  and urged members to refrain from  acts that could undermine the development of the unions.

Mr B. A. Somuah, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the  Swedru Teachers Co-operative Credit Union said the union declared a profit of 80,521.78 Ghana Cedis in 2014 as against 54,256,72 Ghana Cedis in 2013.

The Chairman stated that the total assets of the Union currently stood at 6,679,182.02 Ghana Cedis in 2014 as against 5,272,649.06 Ghana Cedis in 2013.

Mr Somuah disclosed that savings of members increased from 3,047,585 Ghana Cedis in 2013 to 5,486,089 Ghana Cedis in 2014.

According to the Chairman, the Union granted loans totaled 4,552,552.30 Ghana Cedis in 2014 as against 3,577,252 in 2013.

He said the shares of members also increased from 517,918.57 Ghana Cedis as against 370,145.64 Ghana Cedis in 2013.

Mrs Fortunate Adu, General Manageress of the Swedru Teachers Co-operative Credit Union said  management of the union was working hard to invest the profits into ventures for the benefit of the members.

She announced that the union had completed plans to institute legal action against 23 members who have defaulted in paying back their loans totaling 1.9 billion Ghana Cedis.
Source: GNA

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