Sanwo-Olu grounds bank operation in Lagos partially

Youths Digest – Lagos State Government , on Tuesday, placed a partial closure on banking activities in the state as part of measures to break the cycle of transmission of coronavirus.

Governor Babajide Sanwo – Olu also directed all markets and stores trading in non – essential commodities to close for seven days.

The directive takes effect from Thursday , March 26, a statement from the Lagos State Government added.

Sanwo – Olu advised the organised private sector to take drastic steps as done by the government in the public sector and allow non – essential workers to work from home.

The governor also asked banks and other financial institutions to prioritise online channels for their services to the public , adding that only essential and key senior staff should be allowed to work in the office during the restriction period.

In a televised briefing after State’ s Security Council meeting held at the State House in Marina , Sanwo – Olu said the restriction measures were necessary , given the rise in the number of confirmed COVID – 19 cases in Lagos.

He said the directive should not be seen as a lockdown on business activities in the State.
He said the guidelines would be reviewed after seven days.

He said , “ It is only when you are alive that you can talk about economics and finance . We want to encourage the organised private sector to allow their workers to work from home.

“ Banks and other financial institutions are encouraged to prioritise online channels for their services to the public with only essential key staff being in the office during this time . Only key staff should be present.

“We are a subset of a sovereign . We are not a sovereign . This is why we cannot completely lock down Lagos . We need to be considerate. ”

Other public places shut by the government include markets , parks , playgrounds, and recreational centres within the state , regardless of ownership.

The directives , the Governor said , did not affect pharmacy shops and all markets where foodstuffs are traded.

“ Eateries and restaurants must not accept eat – in customers ; they are to serve food in takeaway packages.

“ As much as possible , let us all refrain from inter – state travelling of any kind until the worst of the crisis is behind us , ” he said.

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