By Idowu Abdullahi,
The Federal Government has disclosed that plans had been concluded to allow banks and other financial services to resume commercial operations in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States beginning from Monday, May 4, 2020.
It explained that others to resume operations are construction, manufacturing sectors, as well as food processing companies, adding that Federal offices nationwide will also be open for workers to resume work.
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on coronavirus, Dr. Sani Aliyu, said the banks would be allowed to open for commercial operations between 8 am and 2 pm in the three places.
According to him, the banks had been debriefed through the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, to maintain social distancing and put up adequate measures to mitigate community spread of the virus.
The National Coordinator while speaking during a daily briefing of the PTF in Abuja on Wednesday, said part of what will be introduced to flatten the curve and avoid community spread are temperature test, respiratory hygiene, and gathering of not more than 20 persons at a time.
“For government offices, government staff will be allowed to resume from the 4 of May but it will be based on specific grade levels and specific days so that we can reduce the amount of congestion that we might have in our government offices and we will be discussing further with state governments to make sure that we have a common approach to this.
“In terms of the banks, this continues to be a recurring issue for all of us. We have been in touch with the CBN governor.
“Moving on from Monday, banks will open and they will operate normal services from 8am to 2pm. That is six hours but there will be the usual restrictions would expect, for instance, self-distancing and the use of temperature monitors, hand hygiene, and making sure the capacities of banking halls are restricted so that people do not come together,” he said.