First Bank and GTB ‘ban’ customers from using debit and credit cards abroad.

How this action would assist the economy of Nigeria from sinking further into recession beats me. Who comes up with these ideas? In an attempt to frustrate the corrupt ones from diverting ill-gotten funds out of  Nigeria, honest Nigerians , especially entrepreneurs are being penalised. It is certainly frustrating being Nigerian. It has been for decades.- Jide Salu

First Bank of Nigeria ranked first amongst Nigerian banks out of 24 in 2014 Bank Brand Ranking.

Two leading Nigerian banks have banned customers from using their debit and credit cards abroad, as the country faces a shortage of foreign exchange. 

Both First Bank and Guarantee Trust emailed customers informing them of the ban, but did not give reasons for the decision. 

Access to foreign online retailers has also been significantly reduced for cardholders. 

Similar measures were taken earlier this year by the central bank as part of the government’s effort to stem the flow of foreign exchange out of Nigeria. 

The value of the country’s currency, the naira, has plunged because of the fall in the oil price – its main export.    

Many wealthy Nigerians use their local cards for shopping and other transactions when abroad.

Some top-end shops in London have signs in the Hausa language to cater for the large number of Nigerian customers.

BBC
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