By Cecil Mensah
The management of Medium and Small Scales Loans Centre (MASLOC), has warned that it would not be intimidated by its clients into making unreasonable submissions based on fear or favour.
It warned in particular, one John Quayson and his group, against their intention to usurp the authority of MASLOC in the distribution of the yet to be financed Outboard Motors and Fishing nets for the 2014/2015 period.
MASLOC, gave the warning in reaction to “a story on the front page of the Ghanaian Times of Friday, July 4, 2014 with the caption “Fishermen Storm MASLOC”.
In a statement signed by Mustapha Mohammed, the Public’s Relations Officer (PRO) of MASLOC, revealed that John Quayson and his group, could not substantiate their claims which were captured in the Ghanaian Times story, when they were confronted by officials of MASLOC, prior to the publication which became subject for radio discussions.
He explained that during the period 2011/2012, under the Government of the late President, Prof John Evans Atta Mills, MASLOC was tasked to finance the purchase of outboard motors and fishing nets for sale to the fisher folks along the coastal belt of Ghana.
The Fisheries Commission, was therefore requested to submit an approved list of beneficiaries to MASLOC for equitable distribution of the equipment.
The statement said, the Fishermen group, from the Western and Central regions, led by Mr. John Quayson, alias Manoma, visited the head office on July 3, 2014, and benefitted from the said distribution of outboard motors through the approved list submitted by the Fisheries Commission.
It said, under the current government led by John Dramani Mahama, there has not been any sale or distribution of outboard motors or fishing nets by MASLOC for the year 2013/2014, as alleged by the fishermen.
The statement noted that allegations concerning the resale of outboard motors by the said group, could not be substantiated when enquired by officials of MASLOC.
Management says it is unfortunate that since the last distribution of outboard motors two years ago, there has not been any report from the said group concerning the allegations.
The statement said, for the purposes of transparency and integrity, MASLOC has always been fair in its dealings with approved beneficiaries of loans and would never engage in any act that undermines the interests of the vulnerable within the Ghanaian society.
It denied all the allegations levelled against it by Mr John Quayson and his group, adding they were unfounded and baseless, therefore, should be disregarded by the general public.
The managers of MASLOC, assured the good people of Ghana that the institution which is under the Office of the President, with the responsibility of providing financial support to the poor, would continue to offer services to the good people of Ghana without fear or favour.