Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the increasing numbers of confirmed cases in Nigeria, the First City Monument Bank limited is deploying additional health and safety protocols to keep customers and staff safe.
According to a statement signed by Adam Nuru, Managing Director, FCMB limited and sent to customers, the bank is acting in line with guidelines issued by international and local health authorities.
Consequently, the bank has canceled all international trips to regions of high risk and widespread community transmission including China, Europe Schengen area, Iran, Ireland, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America till further notice.
The bank has also placed automatic sanitizer dispensers close to the entrances of all its branches, and will now carry hourly cleaning of teller counters, customer service officer tables and bulk counting counters with disinfectants.
Nuru added that there will also be an hourly cleaning of lifts and lift buttons with disinfectants at all multi-story buildings of the FCMB group.
The statement reads, “the health and welfare of our customers and staff are of great importance to us. We have, therefore, taken important safety precautions in line with guidelines issued by the world health organisation, NCDC and other relevant health authorities”.
Security guards have been deployed at the entrances of all the premises of all its banking halls to check temperatures of all entrants using the hand-held scanners.
He encouraged customers to adopt electronic transaction channels instead of going to a physical branch anytime they needed to get something done, “as research suggests that while viruses survive on most surfaces for around 48 hours, paper money can transport a live flu virus for up to 17 days”