THE Bank of Ghana (BoG) has advised the general public to be wary of whom they guarantee loans for.
According to the Central Bank, the guarantor will be compelled to repay the loan with accrued interest if the borrowers fail to honour their obligations.
In a notice, the regulator of the banking industry also advised guarantors to assess the repayment capabilities of borrowers before guaranteeing any credit facility or loan.
“Assess the repayment capabilities of the borrower before guaranteeing any credit facility or loan. Don’t forget that as a guarantor, you will be required to pay back any outstanding loan balance, if the borrower is unable to meet the loan obligation,” the notice said.
It warned consumers not to rush to guarantee for borrowers and sign off on the documents but rather obtain and study the loan agreement to ensure that they understand the terms and conditions.
“Do not rush to guarantee for borrowers and sign off on the documents. Obtain and study the loan agreement to ensure that you understand the terms and conditions, and you are comfortable, before committing yourself”.
“Do not only depend on a borrower’s word of mouth or merely the relationship you have with them to guarantee their loan. It is your duty to do due diligence. Remember, the commitment has legal implications”, it added.
Continuing, the Bank of Ghana also counselled consumers to exercise caution, adding “If in doubt, seek independent legal and financial advice prior to accepting to guarantee a loan”.