By Nkechi Ikenwoke
Deputy Majority Leader of Anambra State House of Assembly and Member, representing Njikoka Two Constituency, Honourable Jude Akpua has vowed to initiate a bill for law that will enhance easy access of monies of deceased persons trapped in banks.
Honourable Akpua said this in Onitsha, during a lecture organised by the Rotary Club of Onitsha East, which was aimed at enlightening their members on the need to claim every trapped money belonging to their deceased family members.
Speaking further, Hon Akpua disclosed that Anambra State House of Assembly has received several petitions from various bereaved families who wanted to access monies of their deceased persons but were frustrated during the process of claiming the money, adding that there is urgent need to make a new law regarding this challenge.
In his lecture, one of the pioneer members of the Rotary Club, Barr. Chidi Obioha debunked a viral information earlier circulated on social media which alerted bank customers to go to their various banks to apply for “Payable on Death” (POD) forms in order to enable their immediate families to access those monies especially after their death.
“The information was not only misleading people but was capable of causing disaffection between various banks and their customers”.
Barr. Obioha also stated that the only solution for affected families is to use the services of the lawyers and other professionals to successfully go through the bank process.
The gathering attracted many Rotarians, including past and present club officers and other invited guests.