Anambra State Government has directed banks to resume operation effective Monday, 13 September, 2021.
Governor Willie Obiano gave the directive during his meeting with members of the State Security Council comprising all security outfits in the state and heads of all bank branches in the state.
According to the Governor who stressed that the sit -at -home compliance affects the Gross Domestic Product, GDP and economy of the state, he pointed out that banks that don’t comply with the directive will be sealed for the whole week.
The Governor, however said that if such banks don’t open the upper Monday, the bank will be permanently closed.
He assured that adequate security measures have been put in place to ensure compliance, saying that adequate security patrol will increase around bank branches and other business ventures across the state.
Governor Obiano further directed that markets will continue to open, as well as commuters involved in transportation business, asking people to have confidence and go about their businesses without fear.
He further asked the bank branch heads to articulate their bank branches and relevant information to be handed over to the Commissioner of Police, for adequate planning and entrenchment of security, as security operatives will be deployed early in strategic locations to ensure that people move about without molestation.
Governor Willie Obiano who had earlier met with Transport Leaders at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, where he cautioned against further adherence to the order which he said has become inimical to the state economy and described as unacceptable, the continued compliance to the sit-at-home order by Transport operators in across the state.
While expressing concern about the adverse effect of the compliance to Anambra families, Governor Obiano wondered why they comply, stressing that Anambra economy mainly thrives on commerce.
The Governor urged the commuters to feel free to ply their usual routes across the state on Monday, depending on whether they ride or drive motorcycles, keke, shuttle, buses, stressing that if markets don’t open, he will sack the leadership of the market and directed the Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Mr. Uchenna Okafor who was also part of the meeting to pass the information across to them.
However, Governor Obiano emphasized that if they don’t comply, their leadership will be changed within two weeks.
He used the opportunity to stress that following his directive long ago, collection of levies on Anambra roads had been banned, pointing out that people who collects levies on the road should be regarded as thieves, assuring that security operatives are on ground to implement government directives.