Ekiti State government yesterday said it has lifted the embargo placed on some commercial banks, operating in the state by the immediate past administration.
The affected banks are Ecobank, Guarantee Trust Bank and Zenith Bank Plc.
The Ayodele Fayose-led administration had in May 2016 placed a “non-patronage” ban on the branches of the three banks in the state and forbade government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as workers from transacting business with them.
Governor Kayode Fayemi in quashing the directive on the embargo, earlier in the month, also directed that all MDAs should resume patronage of all the banks immediately.
Consequently, the office of the State’s Accountant General has issued a memo to all heads of MDAs to give effect to the Governor’s directive lifting the ban.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Yinka Oyebode, on Sunday said the embargo was lifted in a bid to rekindle and strengthen the age- long relationship between the affected banks and the State Government.
He said, government took the decision after a careful review of the developments that led to the purported embargo by the immediate past administration.
‘’The Fayemi administration is committed to the infrastructural and industrial development of the state. In achieving this, it will create a conducive atmosphere for business to thrive in the state by partnering with the private sector and encouraging private initiatives, among others’’, the statement added.