In the wake of the violence and destructions that followed days after the #EndSARS protests in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria, some Nigerian banks are offering to play their part in helping businesses affected get back on their feet.
Banks like Wema Bank, Access Bank and FCMB are offering to help in various capacities to get their customers up and doing.
In a mail sent out to customers Wema Bank said, “As your bank of choice, we wholeheartedly empathise and commiserate with you over the loss of life and property during this time.
“Now, more than ever, we want to restate our brand’s promise to you by doing all we can to help you recover and rebuild your business. Please let us know how we can support you by filling this form. The information you provide will help us create tailored support for you and your business.”
FCMB also sent out a mail asking customers to suggest ways through which they can help. They said, “After days of unimaginable turmoil, the task of rebuilding and recovery may seem daunting. However, as your trusted financial partner, you can count on our unflinching support to get you through these difficult times.
“In this regard, we invite you to kindly spare 1-2 minutes to complete a survey on the kind of support you need at this time.”
Meanwhile, Access Bank took the boldest step yet to announce a N50bn fund that it has set aside to help businesses during this period.
“Now more than ever, we remain committed to our purpose of impacting of lives positively.
“In the light of the recent occurrences, we will be supporting Nigerian businesses with 50 Billion Naira interest-free loans and grants.”
“Access Bank has set aside a minimum of 50 billion naira, through interest-free loans and grants, to support communities, micro, small and medium-sized businesses, and our youth,” the bank said.