The Bank was able to reach the threshold since the Board members made it compulsory for all Directors, Management and Staff to purchase some fixed amount of shares every month.
As part of strategy, the Bank has also proposed that the minimum number of shares for aspiring Directors be pegged at GH¢10, 000 with those of their nominators and seconders being GHc4, 000.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Profssor Cosmos Cobbold announced this when he delivering an annual report and financial statements of the year ended 31st December 2018 during the 22nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of shareholders of the Bank at Tikobo No.1 in the Western Region.
He said profit before tax reduced by 42.87 per cent from GH¢601,006.00 in 2017 to GH¢343, 323.00 in 2018 largely on account of an increase in requirement provisions from GH¢120, 000.00 in 2017 to GH¢490, 557.00 in 2018 which marked the end of the legacy bad debt provisions that have been staggered over the years.
Prof. Cobbold said the Bank recorded moderate growth in its key performance indicators with the exception of profit before and after tax.
Total loans disbursed to small and medium scale enterprises, farmers and salaried workers amounted to GH¢10, 703,169.00 as compared to GH¢9, 044,714.00 in 2017.with 10.92 per cent increase in total income from GH¢4, 627.965.00 in 2017 to GH¢5, 133,598.42 in 2018.
Total expenditure also increased from GH¢4, 026,959.00 in 2017 to GH¢4, 710,275.13 in 2018 showing an increase of 14.5 per cent which resulted in profit before tax decreasing by 42.87 per cent from GH¢601, 006.00 in 2017 to GH¢343, 323.00 in 2018.
The Board recommended that dividends be converted to bonus shares for members and urged shareholders to take keen interests in their investments by going to any of their branches to update their records and take statements.
Prof. Cobbold encouraged existing and potential customers to continue to do business with the Bank and dispel the rumours that the Bank of Ghana was going to close down rural Banks adding that the Bank of Ghana and ARB Apex Bank are poised to reposition the rural and community banking sector to enable them better support rural economic development.
He was highly elated to announce that the Jomoro Rural Bank Ltd. was among the Banks that were given a clean bill of health to sign on to the Ghana Deposit Protection Scheme to protect depositor’s interest in the event of Bank failure.
On corporate social responsibility, the Bank afforded students from various tertiary institutions in the country, the opportunity to undertake their internship and spent a total amount of GH¢6, 197.00 in the areas of education, health, sports and culture.
Prof. Cobbold said the Board of Directors remained resolute in its commitment to staff development adding that a number of staff members were given the opportunity to pursue approved programmes in various tertiary institutions in the country and also participated fully in internal training programmes as well as training programmes organized by the Association of Rural Banks, the ARB Apex Banka and the Bank of Ghana during the year under review.
He observed that the year 2019 witnessed an unprecedented revocation of the licences of 347 micro finance companies in the country of which 155 had already ceased operations, 39 micro credit companies/money lenders of which 10 had already ceased operations, 15 savings and loans companies, 8 finance houses and 2 non-bank financial institutions that had already ceased operations with various reasons adduced by the financial regulator.
Prof.Cobbold said the developments in the micro-finance and savings and loans sub-sector impacted the operations of RCBs in 2019 and has brought to the fore,the need for prudent management of risk and liquidity.
He said the Board and management of the Jomoro Rural Bank will work collaboratively with the Bank of Ghana, the ARB Apex Bank and auditors of the Bank to ensure that the Bank remains robust and resilient at all times.
The General Manager of the Bank, Mr. Adormah Mawunyo said the Bank said the Bank was poised to make more profit in the ensuing years to be counted as one of the best financial institutions in the country.