MD says staff is one of the best
June 29, 2017 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
One of the leading commercial banks in the country, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB),yesterday hosted its sixteen annual general meeting, where the audited financial statements of the company for the year ended 31st December, 2016 together with the reports of the Directors were received and adopted.
The meeting at the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel in Freetown also saw the approval of the private placement shares of the company by shareholders and the appointment of auditors, as well as re-election of Directors of the board.
The bank’s Managing Director, Gbenga Alade, described his members of staff as one of the best in the country in terms of their commitment and attendance to customers.
Despite concern raised by a shareholder with regards indiscipline by some staff members, Mr. Aladi told journalists that nothing was wrong if members of staff discuss among themselves as long as it’s relate to the improvement of the bank.
He however stressed that it was unacceptable for any staff to engage in other discussions rather than attending to customers.
He argued that there is no bank one would visit that staff members would not be seen chatting, adding that such discussion could be on the job.
“Of course we will discuss about discipline at management level. But all I will say, we will investigate and take decision,” he assured.
With regards payment of dividend, Mr. Aladi disclosed that with the approval of shareholders, they have cancelled it for this year so as to ensure that they make more money.
“Everybody knows that we have been paying dividend every year. We decided that this year the shareholders should give us a break so that we can clawed back all the money into our business in order to make more money for them,” he said.
He also disclosed that since 2015 to date, a total of seven billion Leones have been given out as loans with only four billion leones already paid back.