The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has joined other Nigerians to call for the extension of the deadline to drop the old naira notes.
The call is coming after the Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, insisted that there was no going back on the stipulated deadline despite appeals by the National Assembly, key stakeholders, and bank customers.
The governor made the appeal in Makurdi, on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, when he received the Governing Council of Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University.
He noted that going ahead with the January 31st deadline was tantamount to further increasing the pains of Nigerians.
He said, “The visible sign is that there are a lot of people, particularly in the rural areas to transfer the old notes. As governor, am yet to see the new naira notes.
“This is the reason I will join other Nigerians to look at this critically so that we don’t worsen the condition of our people.
“It is an understatement to say that our people are suffering in Nigeria. People are going through pain in this country things are not okay at all. Am calling on the president to look into it and extend the deadline.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Martins Kedienhon, The President, of Delta State Civil Society Community has urged the management of the apex Bank, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele to consider today’s call as the voice of the entire Nigeria citizens and stressed the urgent need for extension of the deadline for total face-out of old Naira notes, group faults the January 31, 2023 deadline by CBN as well as poor grassroots sensitization.
The leadership of Delta State Civil Society Community as duly signed by its President, Dr. Martins Kedienhon made this disclosure today on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, In a press statement made available to some group of Journalists in Asaba, Delta State capital as group cries out, stated that Commercial Banks are yet to make available the new Naira notes to Delta and Nigeria citizens, Banks still dispensing, using old Naira notes at the counter and non-availability of the Naira notes in the ATM dispensing units of their Banks.
Delta CSOs Community argued that the majority of the Local Government Areas in Delta State are yet to know about the deadline due to a lack of information, or poor sensitization. The group stated that grassroots sensitization is key to better awareness creation so as to make citizens aware of the new development in the financial institutions on plans to face out the old Naira notes in the country seeks the inclusion of Civil Society Organizations and other critical stakeholders towards contributing their quota on deepening grassroots sensitization to meet expectations.
The statement reads in parts ” “Delta State Civil Society hereby Calls on CBN to increase grassroots Sensitization of new naira notes and extend the deadline”. “CIVIL SOCIETY SAY NO TO JANUARY 31, 2023 OLD NAIRA NOTES DEADLINE”. The president called on CBN to increase sensitization of the new naira notes in local communities and also to increase the circulation of the new notes to commercial banks. It is no longer news that the CBN has slated the 31st of January 2023 as the deadline to end collection of old naira notes”.
” It is a pity that in a democratic country like ours (Nigeria) citizens are not considered in decision-making. We were in some villages in UDU Local Government Area of Delta State during our grassroots Voter Education; a good number of persons are not even aware of the production of the new naira note, talk more of the January 31st deadline”.
“To worsen the situation some people think that the new naira notes are fake currencies. All these mal happenings are due to a lack of effective sensitization.
The most annoying of all is that, in less than a week, the deadline for the collection of the old notes will reach yet CBN has not released enough new naira notes into circulation. Commercial banks are still giving out old naira notes during counter withdrawal and ATM machines have no money to dispense despite several countless instructions by CBN that commercial banks should load their ATM Machines with new naira notes for dispensing”.
“What a country are we in, where directives are easily given but it’s not reciprocated with action! CBN is not ready, if they are ready then they should do the needful. If CBN doesn’t have the capacity to increase and take Sensitization of new naira notes to the local communities and grassroots then they should consult Civil society Organizations that are experts. One of the guides to breaking an old habit is to look for an alternative habit. No stopping old naira notes when new naira notes are not available for citizens. Civil Society says No to January 31st Deadline!”