The Rivers State Government has warned commercial banks where its accounts are operated that they stand to lose its patronage for closing their halls to members of the public .
The state Commissioner for Information and Communications , Paulinus Nsirim , who said this in a statement in Port Harcourt on Thursday , explained that commercial banks and other business concerns were supposed to open for normal business , rather than using the curfew placed on some parts of the state as an excuse to paralyse economic activities .
The statement reads partly , “ It has come to the attention of the Rivers State Government that some members of the business community are using the curfew imposed in some parts of the state to cripple government and economic activities .
“ Commercial Banks and other businesses are supposed to be open for normal services.
“ Therefore , commercial banks where government accounts are operated are advised not to join those involved in any unpatriotic act or lose their patronage .
“ For the avoidance of doubt, the curfew was imposed only on the Oyigbo Local Government Area , Mile One , Mile Two , Iloabuchi, Emenike Ikokwu and Oil Mill areas of Port Harcourt . All other parts of the state are expected to be fully open for business .”