ARB Apex’s Deputy managing director, Cletus Branteo, has announced that the bank has purchased armoured vests and armoured helmets for all 147 rural banks in the country.
This move by Apex Bank comes on the back of armed robbery attacks on bullion vans across the country.
He expressed concern about the growing number of robberies involving rural banks and stated that the measure was designed to eliminate the threat of robbery on such transportation services.
The Deputy suggests that armoured bullion vans will protect individuals carrying money, ensuring no fear of banking with rural banks in the country.
Mr. Cletus Branteo emphasized the importance of rural banks in community development, urging all to bank with them for social responsibility.
He revealed that rural banks have invested in a variety of projects, including schools, hospitals, and police stations, as part of their corporate social responsibility, and Ghanaians should continue to do business with them.
”Rural banks face challenges, including armed robbery and any related issues, when we are delivering money. That was why the Bank of Ghana issued the directive to banks to use of armoured bullion vehicles, vests, and helmets. So Apex is extending a hand to the rural banks. We have purchased vests and helmets for all the 147 rural banks and their over 800 branches in the country.”
He made the remarks at the Lower Pra Rural Bank’s 40th-anniversary celebration in Shama over the weekend.
Western Regional Minister Hon Kobina Okyere Darko Mensah urged Lower Pra Rural Bank to invest in financial literacy in their catchment area, stating that residents who understand and profit from financial literacy will be more likely to bank with them.
Lower Pra Nana Kwamina Dikye I, the CEO of the bank, highlighted the significant development in the catchment area as part of their corporate responsibility and plans to critically evaluate staff attitudes and behaviour in future recruitment.