The Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) has opened its 158th branch at Abeka-Lapaz, a suburb in Accra, with the aim of offering the necessary financial support and products to meet business and development needs of the area’s people.
Chief Operating Officer Mr. Kojo Addae-Mensah said GCB as the most widely distributed bank in the country, and has been doing business in almost all the districts and business communities for many years.
He said the Abeka-Lapaz branch has a huge potential, looking at the businesses, schools including two university colleges, oil marketing companies, artisans, hospitals and petty-traders, among others.
“This is also in recognition of the key role the Abeka-Lapaz, Darkuman, Akweteyman, Santa Maria, Ablekuma and their environs play in the economy of the country, and that the presence of GCB is necessary to accelerate the growth of these suburbs,” he said.
In addition, he said the new branch will offer all banking services such as 24-hour personal loan, ATMs, MasterCard, SMS banking, Internet banking and all GCB’s available products including the traditional deposit-taking, money transfer and investments.
He explained that the 24-hour personal loan targets customers with a regular source of income and is one of the fastest-growing products of the bank.
He added that the SMS banking allows customers to have access to their account information through their cell phones, saying: “The SMS banking makes it easy for GCB customers to check their balance and transfer funds as well as avoid inconveniences associated with going to banking halls to transact business.”
Mr. Addae-Mensah revealed that GCB’s electronic-banking services are currently among the best in the world, and urged customers to take advantage of these alternative channels.
“Though we have opened a physical branch for you to do your banking, I would encourage you to as much as possible use our alternative channels in conducting your routine business like cash withdrawals, transfer and balance enquiries,” he added.