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ATMs,  online transactions remain open during restriction of movement- FG

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed and the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele has assured Nigerians that the financial sector will continue to perform skeletal services during the two weeks restrictions placed on movement by the Federal Government.

In a statement jointly signed by the Minister and the CBN governor, noted that exemptions have been obtained from the President to allow very skeletal operations in the financial system and money market.

The statement further noted that all relevant staff of affected outfits and agencies should look out for further instructions from their immediate bosses.

“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,” the statement said.

“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,” it stated.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in a national broadcast Sunday evening imposed a 2-week restriction of movement on Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus which has surged to 111 cases as at Monday 30th.

 

OLUFIKAYO OWOEYE

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