Customers Stranded As Flood Hit Banks In Bayelsa

Bayelsa flood is not getting any better days after schools in the state were closed indefinitely because of flood. Banking activities were today paralyzed in some commercial banks in Yenegoa, following the flooding of their premises.

The worst hit of the banks was the United Bank of Africa (UBA), Swali branch, where flood found its way into the banking hall.

A staff of the bank said the bank had to shift businesses to other unaffected branches.

“We have no choice but to relocate our operations. Many of our customers can no longer enter the banking premises as you can see; the environment is no longer safe for both the bank and its staff.”
Fidelity Bank, Sani Abacha Express Road, was also hit by the flood as customers could not even access the ATM machine outside the bank.

“This is serious, I had wanted to go in and use the ATM, but look at the premises, I cannot afford to swim in this flood, a cutomer identified as Mr Ibeh said.

“I need money to evacuate my family to Owerri, because the same flood has overrun my home here in Yenagoa,” Ibeh said.

Diamond Bank located on the Sani Abacha Road in Yenegoa was also very flooded.

A customer of the bank, Mr John Ebogha lamented not being able to withdraw money he needed to pay some bills.

“The bank should do something to help the customers. We need money to enable us meet different challenges this flooding time.

“I want them to move to a makeshift place, inside the town, at least, put up and arrangement to pay customers,” Ebogha said.

One of the securities at an affected bank said his bosses were working on the matter.

“You can see they are busy going around and making phone calls. They are doing something about the flood,” the security man said.


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