Bankers association tells members to stay at home over naira scarcity protests

Bankers association tells members to stay at home over naira scarcity protests

Promise Eze

As protests spread across Nigerian cities arising from the scarcity of the newly redesigned Naira notes, the Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI) has asked all bank staff to stay away from work.

This comes as financial institutions have been targeted for violent attacks by protesters who continuously find it difficult to access their money in the banks.

In a statement released by the group’s National President, Olusoji Oluwole, stated that the reason for the directive was because of the government’s inability to provide adequate security measures to protect their members at work.

The statement reads: “The National Secretariat has been inundated with reports of threats and attacks on lives and properties of Members and bank branches, and subsequently has been on the field to monitor and confirm the reports.

“We issued warnings and appeals to Government to provide security measures for the Safety of Lives and Properties of our Members within and around the bank premises, but regrettably the attacks have continued without any form of security for the safety of our Members, and the recent being the attack today, Friday, 17 February, 2023 on one bank branch at Epe, Lagos State.

“We cannot leave the lives and properties of our Members exposed to obvious danger. Consequently, all members should today immediately stay away from work in any state where bank branches are attacked. This is to continue every day until normalcy is restored.

“Please note, you will be availed further directives as events develop.”


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