Naira Notes Scarcity Hurting Nigerians, The Policy Must Be Reviewed - Fashola

Date: 02-02-2023 3:37 pm (1 month ago) | Author: Bayo Nelson
- at 2-02-2023 03:37 PM (1 month ago)

The minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, has talked about the scarcity of new naira notes. He says the naira redesign policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)  “is hurting Nigerians” and needs to be reviewed. The apex bank has fixed February 10 as the new deadline for the swap of old naira notes.

It initially fixed January 31 as the deadline but many Nigerians have not been able to get the new N200, N500, and N1000 notes, prompting a scarcity. Speaking with Morayo Afolabi-Brown, a talk show moderator, on Wednesday on Instagram Live, Fashola said Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was fighting for Nigerians when he expressed concern about the scarcity of the new notes.

“I feel sympathy for the Nigerian people and what they have had to go through. Sometimes policies play out like this in the process of implementation, sometimes it all ends well and sometimes it calls for reconsideration and review,” Fashola said.

“In spite of the fact the CBN has acted within the spirit and letters of its independence by law, it is important to remember that we serve the public and the public says it is hurting, it is important to take a step back and ask where it is hurting and how we can make it better. It must not be a matter of ego.

“All the credit must go to our candidate being one of the first strong voices, first voice out of the candidates to speak out in Abeokuta.

“Though some were quick to say he was fighting Buhari or he was fighting his own party but it is his nature as a fighter for people. Our candidate hasn’t said don’t change the naira but it is hurting people. So the implementation needs a relook.”

‘I WAS NOT TINUBU’S PUPPET’ The minister said he was never a puppet to Tinubu while he was the governor of Lagos but he consulted with him because “of his experience”. “When I was governor I realized that someone sat in my chair for eight years, that person is still alive, that person has had time to reflect, that person would have made mistakes and I told myself if I wanted to succeed I shouldn’t learn from my own mistakes I should learn from his experience,” he said.

Posted: at 2-02-2023 03:37 PM (1 month ago) | Hero
- nikiniki at 2-02-2023 04:55 PM (1 month ago)
bad roads are hurting Nigerians, bad hospitals and scarcity of decent housing.
Posted: at 2-02-2023 04:55 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
- kp45 at 2-02-2023 05:16 PM (1 month ago)
Disorganized government is hurting Nigeria
Posted: at 2-02-2023 05:16 PM (1 month ago) | Hero
- fineboy77 at 2-02-2023 05:33 PM (1 month ago)
Chai, see how these people care for Nigerians. I am getting emotional.

Posted: at 2-02-2023 05:33 PM (1 month ago) | Hero
- Olandetujaa at 2-02-2023 07:12 PM (1 month ago)
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change of naira should have been used to fight terrorism and insecurity at least four years ago, why is it implemented now that we want to have election? if you look closely at the body language you will notice it is politically motivated, they are not doing it for good of the people, though it is a good initiative
Posted: at 2-02-2023 07:12 PM (1 month ago) | Upcoming
- gogoman at 2-02-2023 10:28 PM (1 month ago)
 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 2-02-2023 10:28 PM (1 month ago) | Grande Master
- Jiiitk4 at 2-02-2023 11:10 PM (1 month ago)
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Tinubu and his wailers.  Emefiele  don hold una  for  brokos
Posted: at 2-02-2023 11:10 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac