Some farmers at Kenyasi in Asutifi District of Brong Ahafo Region have petitioned the President to help them to retrieve their monies from the liquidated Kenyasi branch of Tano Rural Bank.

Their monies totalling GH? 110,579.00 were deposited at the bank on behalf of the farmers by Newmont Ghana Gold limited as compensation for their lands acquired.

Abena Pomaah, Spokesperson of the farmers presented the petition to Mr Eric Opoku, Deputy Regional Minister.

A copy of the petition made available to the Ghana News Agency in Sunyani, said they had tried several avenues including the court for the past six years to retrieve their monies but had not yielded any fruitful results.

“We are therefore making this passionate appeal to your office to help us retrieve our monies,” she said.

The farmers said the “sudden disappearance of the bank” had worsened their plight, making it difficult for them to further their wards’ education and to satisfy other important personal needs.

“As a result, our children have dropped out of school and have joined “galamsey” (illegal mining) and chain saw operators in the area”, Mr Awal Iddrisu, one of the farmers said.

Mr. Opoku expressed dismay about the issue and assured them that the necessary investigations would be conducted into the matter as soon as possible. GNA

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