Atwima Rural Bank honours a pioneering advocate

Opanin Kwadwo Twumasi, seated middle, flanked by his wife and the Board Chairman Eric Appiah to his left as well as other directors and senior management staff

Atwima Rural Bank PLC has shown appreciation to Opanin Kojo Twumasi, an astute civil servant who, through his instrumentation, led to the establishment of the bank as the first rural bank in the Ashanti Region.

Described as a pioneer of rural banking in Ashanti Region, Opanin Twumasi played a very critical role in the establishment and sustenance of the activities of the rural banking industry.

To show appreciation for his leadership, direction and commitment to the industry, the Atwima Rural Bank presented a citation in his honour, with portions of it bringing to the fore the critical role he had played for the industry over the years.

His attention, his devotion and commitment in the banking scene was skewed toward the growth and sustenance of rural banks.

In a citation presented to him, Atwima Rural Bank PLC acknowledged Opanin Twumasi’s visionary role, indispensable contribution and impact on the rural banking industry.

“Your indispensable contribution to the rural banking sector of Ghana cannot go unmentioned. The Board of Directors, Management and staff of Atwima Rural Bank PLC will forever commemorate your efforts for its birth – the first rural bank of Ashanti Region. Your knowledge, impact and presence over the years come highly appreciated. Well wishes and good health is our fervent prayer for you now, and the years beyond.”

About Opanin Kojo Twumasi

Opanin Kojo Twumasi was born at Ofoase on July 23, 1935. He attended the local Methodist Primary School at Ofoase before he moved to Division Middle School, later called Middle School, where he entered Prempeh College in 1952 and did his ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels.

He was admitted to the University College of Ghana in 1958 and assigned to Commonwealth Hall to pursue a degree in Economics for London University External Examinations which he completed in 1961 earning a BSc degree.

He won a United Nations Fellowship to pursue a Masters Degree in Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver in Canada between 1961 and 1963.

Since he returned home in 1986, he has been involved mainly in planning programmes, and he is credited with introducing rural banking in Ghana, an idea he brought from the Philippines in 1980.

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