Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Sunday morning pleaded with Nigerians to bear with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Federal Government over the scarcity of the redesigned new naira notes and the biting challenges experienced across the country.
“Saying that the inconveniences experienced now would yield longterm economic benefits. Adding however that improvements could have been made in the implementation.
The LP candidate and former Anambra State governor, further urged the CBN and commercial banks to increase efforts to make the new naira available to Nigerians.
Mr Peter Obi said, “The currency redesign is not peculiar to Nigeria. It is an exercise that comes with some inconvenience and pain but it has significant longterm economic and social benefits. Even though there are improvements that can be made.
“I urge Nigerians to bear with the CBN and Federal Government. With the hope that the general populace and Nigeria will harvest the gains that will come with the reforms.
“We equally implore the CBN and the banks to expedite efforts to make the new currency available to small depositors and the unbanked. In order to reduce the pains of my fellow Nigerians, especially the underprivileged and those living far away from banks in the rural areas.”
iexclusivenews reports that many Nigerians have continued to lament the unavailability and scarcity of the new naira notes. With the lingering scarcity of both old and new naira notes crippling economic activities nationwide.
The CBN on October 26, 2022 had announced its plan to redesign the three banknotes. The president subsequently unveiled the redesigned N200, N500 and N1,000 notes on November 23, 2022, while the apex bank fixed January 31 deadline for the validity of the old notes.
However, iexclusivenews Nigeria earlier reported that the CBN bowed to pressure last Sunday, after many pleas. And extended the deadline for the swapping of old naira notes with the redesigned ones till February 10, 2023. With an extra seven days grace till February 17 to return old notes directly to the CBN.
On Friday, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd. ), assured Nigerians that he would address the problems associated with accessing the redesigned notes in seven days, promising to resolve the crisis within the stipulated time.
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