- Some exemptions have been made to the two-week lockdown order of President Muhammadu Buhari
- Banks have been allowed to operate their ATMs so as to help Nigerians cope with the 14-day curfew imposed by the federal government
- This was disclosed by the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning on Monday, March 30
The federal government has made some exemptions on its imposed curfew on Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territories (FCT).
In a statement on Monday, March 30, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed, informed the public that in order not to completely shut down the nation's economy, skeletal operations in the system and money markets have been allowed to continue.
To this end, the minister said that banks have been exempted from the lockdown so that Nigerians can keep using Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) as they adhere to President Muhammadu Buhari's stay-at-home directives.
Ahmed called on all citizens of the country to be patient, cooperative and united as all hands are on deck to defeat this virus.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos made a statement of enforcement on President Buhari's order mandating a restriction of movement in the state from Monday, March 30.
Buhari had on Sunday, March 29, stopped all movements in the FCT, Lagos, and Ogun states in a bid to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
The president gave the directive in a presidential broadcast and added that that the directive would be for an initial period of 14 days.
Reiterating the directives of the president, Governor Sanwo-Olu said Lagos will be on lockdown with movement totally restricted pending the 14-day period as directed by the federal government.
The governor made this known on Monday, March 30, in a statement by his commissioner for information, strategy and security, Gbenga Omotoso.
He, however, added that workers who provided essential services will not be affected by the movement restriction, calling for the cooperation of the members of the general public.
“Also allowed to move are workers in telecommunications, petroleum distribution and retailing as well as power companies and the media, among others whose jobs cannot be handled at home.
"We must co-operate with the authorities as long as this restriction last,'' part of the statement read.
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