First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has announced proactive measures initiated to control the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
In a statement, the Bank restated its commitment to protecting the health and safety of all its staff, customers and host communities assuring that together the fight against Coronavirus would be won.
“Embedded in our corporate strategy is business continuity management that ensures the delivery of products, services and initiatives to our stakeholders and enabling the economy in the long-term with minimal impact.
“Therefore, we have employed necessary measures to keep our employees, customers and the general public safe-guarded and sensitised on preventive steps to flatten the curve at the fastest possible rate. These include the deployment of temperature measuring tools; hand sanitisers; face masks and adopting social distancing, including utilising virtual meetings,” the statement noted.
Commenting on the measures taken so far, the Bank’s Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Folake Ani-Mumuney, said: “We have also cancelled owned and partnered planned events in the interim; suspended staff travels and have put measures in place to identify and communicate to staff who are arriving from affected countries to self-quarantine following the established protocols by the World Health Organisation and the government.”
Continuing, she said: “In addition, we have been amplifying all necessary official information from relevant health bodies and partners such as encouraging everyone to adhere to good hygiene practices which comprise regular cleaning of all surface areas – for example, tables, door handles – with disinfectants, consistent washing of hands as well as avoiding close contact with people and staying away from crowded environment.”
Encouraging the use of cashless transactions, Mrs. Ani-Mumuney added: “We implore all our customers to embrace cashless transactions across our self-service platforms like *894# USSD banking services, FirstMobile, WhatsApp Banking, First Online for their needs like funds transfers, various bill payments, credit and internet data recharge and much more. In need of quick loans, these self-service platforms are also designed to meet their immediate needs through our FirstAdvance service.”
Customers were encouraged to contact the Bank’s 24 hours multi-lingual customer care centre, FirstContact, on 01-4485500 or send an email to [email protected] for any enquiry or complaint.
The Bank further urged customers to also contact The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on the Centre’s Toll-Free Number: 0800 9700 001 for immediate medical attention and advice.