Access Bank Plc Clarifies Media Report On Closing Of Branches And Sacking Of Staff

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Monday, May 04, 2020 / 12:34 PM / NSE / Header Image Credit: TodayNG


The attention of Access Bank Plc ("the Bank") has been drawn to rumours circulating in the news media that the Bank is closing over 300 of its branches in Nigeria and downsizing its workforce by 75%.

 

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These rumours have justifiably raised concerns among the Bank's stakeholders including employees, customers, shareholders and the general public.


As a responsible corporate citizen, we wish to inform our esteemed stakeholders as follows:

 

  1. That the closure of a bank branch is an action that requires the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria and that the Bank has not applied for nor obtained the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria ("the CBN") for the closure of any of its branches as widely speculated. The Bank has only suspended operations in some branches following the directive by the CBN.
  2. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, we suspended in-branch operations at different locations as directed by the CBN and in line with business continuity plans at vulnerable spots, whilst we continued to provide services through our alternative digital platforms. Beyond complying with the regulatory directive, this action was taken to ensure the health and safety of our customers and employees. 
  3. In line with the phased re-opening of the economy effective May 4, 2020 following the Presidential directive, we will be resuming in-branch services in some of our affected branches in a programmed manner to ensure the health and safety of our employees and customers. This is also necessary to provide relevant contingency should there be any incident arising from the pandemic.
  4. We recognise that the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic is still out there and whilst we will do all that is required to ensure the safety of all our branches in line with the protocol advised by the health authorities, we urge our customers to leverage more of our digital channels for their transactions .We have made significant investment to ensure their availability throughout this period and beyond.


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