The Managing Director of ARP Apex Bank Limited, Mr Eric Osei-Bonsu, has appealed to rural banks to be more alert and exercise good judgment in accepting students on industrial attachment and national service postings.
This, he said, had become necessary as many of them are fraudsters out to swindle and make money.
He said a number of the banks had already lost huge sums of money through the fraudulent manipulations of these national service personnel and students on internship.
The warning was contained in an address read for him at the 23rd Annual General Meeting of Amanano Rural Bank held at Bibiani.
Mr. Osei Bonsu said it was important to strengthen their internal controls and supervision to make it impossible for anyone to steal.
He also drew attention of the banks to the need to ensure due diligence and cross check all huge amounts of cash withdrawals.
Earlier, the Board Chairman of the Bank, Mr Isaac Kwasi Asante, declared that the bank made a profit before tax of GH¢ 402,416.00 on its operations 2009.
This showed a 65 per cent increase over the previous year's figure of GH¢ 243,342.
He said it also saw remarkable increase of the bank's stated capital from GH¢ 151,850 to GH¢ 228,662 during the period. At the same time, assets rose by 58 per cent from GH¢ 4,275,000 to GH¢ 6,734,000.
Mr. Asante said to help boost the economies of rural communities within the bank's operation area, its total credit support for the economic activities of customers came to GH¢736,104.05 during the review period.
Additionally, it spent GH¢ 7,913.00 on social responsibility