The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, and the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, have announced that banks and other financial sector’s skeletal services will continue to run during the two weeks lockdown placed by the President in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun State.
This was disclosed in a statement signed and issued to newsmen by the Minister and the CBN Governor.
According to the statement, the President has exempted the financial sector to carry out it’s operations in financial and money market.
The statement read;
“To ensure that Nigerians can still perform online transactions and use ATMs whilst observing these restrictions, we will like to inform the general public and all affected stakeholders that we have obtained exemptions from the President to allow very skeletal operations in the Financial System and Money Markets in order to keep the system in light operations during this time.
“We are mindful of the difficulties these restrictions would bring on ordinary Nigerians and are grateful to the President for approving these exemptions, which should help ease some of these burdens.
“We urge all Nigerians to be patient, cooperative and united as all hands are on deck to defeat this virus.”