Union Bank has denied reports that it would shut down its daily operations, beginning from March 23, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Union Bank Corporate Communications and Marketing head, Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem, said that the financial institution would be opened and fully operational.
Ekezie-Ekaidem said: “Union Bank branches will remain open and fully operational to serve customers during these Covid-19 crises.
“In addition, with the exception of customers-serving employees and critical operations and technology functions, most other employees will be required to work remotely from home.
“However, we have adopted safety protocols to protect our customers and employees during this period.”
Ekezie-Ekaidem added also that the bank had essentially activated its flexi-work policy for those employees who could still perform their duties remotely.
She gave the assurance that the bank would continue to assess the situation and make necessary adjustments as events unfolded.
Besides, she said the bank branches were now operating under a heightened hygiene protocol, all in a bid to ensuring safe banking halls for all.
Techawk had reported that Union Bank has closed for business due to the coronavirus according to a statement which reads: “The health and safety of our employees and the larger community are of the utmost importance during this critical time. Starting, March 23rd, Union Bank is activating remote work for all its employees except critical functions in our operations and service teams. Employees will work from home until further notice.
“We are committed to providing the highest level of customer service to our customers while doing our part to help fight the spread of the Covid-19 virus.”
Nigeria currently has 30 confirmed cases of coronavirus -COVID-19 in the country and has taken measures such as closing its international airport, banning entry from 15 high-risked coronavirus countries, shutting down schools as well as banning of public gathering that is more than 20 (in Lagos).