President Muhammadu Buhari has exempted workers of banks and other financial institutions from the lockdown he declared on Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Federal Capital Territory over the escalating spread of the novel Coronavirus.
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This was disclosed in a statement jointly signed by Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance; and Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
According to the statement, all financial operations would be on a “skeletal” level in order to keep the monetary level flow during the lockdown.
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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.
“To this end, all relevant staff of affected outfits and agencies should look out for further instructions from their immediate bosses.”
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While noting that they are not oblivious of the implications, the Finance Minister and CBN Governor applauded the appropriate and proactive restrictions in personal and vehicular movement imposed by President Buhari.