‘I Have Somebody In Hospital’- Customers Lament As Labour Strike Grounds Banking Activities In Abuja

Banking activities have been grounded in the Federal Capital Territory over the minimum wage protest called by the Nigerian Labour Congress.

At First Bank of Nigeria branch in First Avenue Gwarinpa, over 30 bank customers were stranded as the bank was shutdown.

Only ATM transactions were available as of the time of filing the report.

A customer of First Bank who is a medical Doctor, Vera Lissa who spoke to THE WHISTLER said “The worst is that I can’t even access my bank account via my mobile app. It has been saying unexpected error.

“I have been here since 7 am because someone is at the hospital, I have some transactions to do and nobody has attended to us. Those bank officials came at 8am and locked themselves inside saying they are waiting for official instructions by 10 am before they could attend to us. What stopped them from attending to customers before 10am.

“This is unfair. If we in the hospital are attending to patients until an order comes after Congress Meeting by 10am, what stops the banks.”

Access Bank branches in First Avenue and Third Avenue were also shut down.

Polaris Bank and Union Bank branches visited by THE WHISTLER were shut down over the directive by the Labour unions.

The United Bank of Africa Plc branch in Third Avenue was shut down for business.

When THE WHISTLER visited, over 40 customers were loitering the bank’s premise.

“We are not operating at the moment,” a bank security official who does not want to be named said.

However, the bank is helping non-corporate customers to carry out interbank transfers.

A Point-of-Sale (POS) operator who spoke to THE WHISTLER at the bank branch expressed frustration after she could not withdraw funds to carry out her daily transactions.

At Zenith Bank in Algeria Street, Wuse, bank officials who spoke to THE WHISTLER confirmed that labour members were at the branch “Early in the morning and took pictures. So, we locked up.”

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