Minister frowns at closure of bank branches, commercial institutions amid COVID-19

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba, Richard Adeniyi Adebayo, has said that until banks and other commercial institutions opened up all its branches, the horrible scenes observed around the banks’ premises could pose severe danger of infection of Covid-19 as well as compromising measures put in place to tackle the spread of the Pandemic.

He also expressed dissatisfaction over the deliberate continue violation of the new guidelines which include social distancing, wearing of masks at public places among others set up as part of measures to check the spread of Corona Virus, pandemic in the country .

Adebayo made this known at the weekly briefing of the Emergency Operation Centre of the Committee on Sustainable Production and Delivery of Essential Commodities During COVID-19 in Abuja.

He implored all Nigerians to continue to adhere strictly to the advisories published by the Presidential Task Force and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control which include regular hand washing, strict mandatory use of face masks or coverings in public, maintaining physical distancing and personal hygiene, avoidance of non-essential movement and travels and avoidance of large gatherings, restrictions on social and religious gatherings”. 

Mr. Adebayo further expressed satisfaction with the conduct of security agencies in carrying out their duties by ensuring that Mr. President’s directives of “free-flow and unhindered movement of Foods, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Equipments and other Essential Commodities across the country” is complied with.

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