Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has called on banks operating in the state to revert to the 4 p.m. closing time, instead of the 3 p.m. they adopted when the state was crises.Lalong made the call on Wednesday in Jos, when the President of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Prof. Segun Ajibola, paid him a courtesy call.“Peace has returned to Plateau; there is no needfor banks to hold unto the 3 p.m. closing time.“Please appeal to your members to start closingby 4, instead of 3, because closing by 3 gives an impression that we are still crises-ridden,” he said.He appreciated the institute’s contribution to the Plateau economy, and promised to engage more chartered bankers as senior government officials and civil servants.Lalong promised to attend the 22nd International Conferenceof Bankers slated to takeplace April 25 in Lagos, and also promised to look into CIBN’s request for a property for its branch in Jos.Ajibola had earlier said that the group was in in Jos to invite Lalong to its Lagos conference.He commended Lalong for restoring peace to Plateau, and regretted that the state, which wasonce revered by many asthe home of peace and tourism, became a scary environment in the past few years.
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