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CPPE says 10-day extension inadequate - PREMIUM TIMES

JANUARY 29, 2023

The CPPE says the 10-day extension is grossly inadequate to make up for the glaring shortcomings in policy implementation

By Abdulkareem Mojeed

The Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for the Promotion of Private Enterprise (CPPE), Muda Yusuf, on Sunday said the 10-day extension given by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for the phasing out of old naira notes isn’t ‘adequate’.

In a statement on Sunday, Mr Yusuf criticised the CBN over the numerous gaps identified in the implementation of its naira redesign policy.

“The CPPE believes that 10 days is grossly inadequate to make up for the glaring shortcomings of the apex bank in this process,” the statement said.

The CBN on Sunday announced a 10-day extension of the deadline for the use of old naira notes across Nigeria amidst complaints from Nigerians over the scarcity of the new notes ahead of the 31 January deadline.

The CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, who spoke to journalists Sunday morning, said he had the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari for the extension.

Mr Emefiele also announced 10 February as the new deadline for the phasing out of the old notes.

Earlier at the weekly episode of PREMIUM TIMES’ TwitterSpaces titled “ New Notes scarcity vs. January deadline and the implications for Nigerians” held Saturday, Mr Yusuf had criticised Nigeria’s Central Bank (CBN) over its defiant reaction to the outcry from key institutions and many Nigerians affected by its policy.

He said it has become very obvious that the apex bank has grossly underestimated what it takes to execute this transition from the old notes to the new notes.

“We (Nigerians) have seen clear evidence of lack of capacity with respect to production from the CBN because if something is available in adequate supply it would show and if otherwise, it will still be obvious as it is currently the case with Nigerians,” he said.

“Clearly we are dealing with a situation of acute shortage, that’s when you relate what’s made available to the demand for the new notes. Even up to last Friday, some banks and ATMs were still dispensing the old notes.”

He explained that the current situation is not a result of a lack of trying on the part of the citizens, but the aftermath of the banking system’s inability and lack of capacity to respond to the exponential demands for new notes.

Threats to national security

Also reacting to the CBN 10-day extension, Dairy Hills Limited CEO, Kelvin Emmanuel, said: “I think the National Security Council has prevailed on the President to ask the CBN to extend the deadline, and I expect him to continue extending the deadline in increments to avoid a pandemonium that will threaten national security.”



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