Naira scarcity: Bank workers get stay-at-home order from their union

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Following threats to their lives across the country, bank workers have been issued a directive to stay away from work until normalcy is restored.

The Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI) on Friday asked its members in states where banks were being attacked to stay away from work.

Olusoji Oluwole, ASSBIFI’s President

The directive, signed by ASSBIFI’s President, Olusoji Oluwole, was contained in a statement dated February 17, 2023 with reference number ANS/WR/JA/OP/5018, titled “Stay at home order”.

He stated that the stay-at-home order would subsist until normalcy was restored.

The action will continue daily until normalcy is restored, according to the President of the association, Comrade Olusoji Oluwole.

The statement read in part: “The National Secretariat has been inundated with reports of threats and attacks on fives and properties of members and bank branches, and subsequently has been on the field to monitor and confirm the reports.

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“We issued warnings and appeals to government to provide security measure 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 17th 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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