The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has called on banks and other financial institutions in the state to opt for online services as stopgap measures to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.
This call was made on Tuesday March 24, 2020 during a press conference where he also ordered all markets, apart from those dealing in essential commodities, to close shop for the time being.
The governor called on banks and other financial service providers to concentrate more efforts on working online, imploring them to allow only employees rendering crucial services to work from the office.
In his words: “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.”
For traders, the governor instructed that:
“All markets and stalls except those selling food items, water, medicines, pharmacies, medical equipment and other related essential life-saving products are hereby directed to close effective from Thursday, March 26th, 2020 for seven days at the first instance,” he said.
Also, “All fast foods, eateries, restaurants are enjoined to serve takeaway for all their customers with no in-dinning service permitted whatsoever.
“Shops in malls that are not selling any of these initially mentioned essential daily needs are all meant to close down from Thursday”.
According Governor Sanwo-Olu, only the living could engage in economic or business activities:
“It is only when you are alive that you can talk about economics and finance,” he added.
The governor stated that the security agencies had been instructed to ensure compliance with the directives.
*** Olivia Isibor