From the Red Chambers in Abuja came a staunch support for the Naira redesign initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as the lawmakers pledged to provide legislative support for the policy.
The resolution of the Red Chamber followed a motion on the policy by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, Senator Sani Uba.
While the lawmakers supported the move to redesign the naira, they however said the deadline of January 31st, 2023 to pay all cash in circulation into banks was too short.
They called for aggressive enlightenment on the part of the CBN, especially in the rural areas to ensure that all Nigerians are kept abreast of the new policy. They premised their position on the fact that such mass awareness would help Nigerians in the rural areas to comply with the policy so as not to lose their hard earned income.
They also urged the CBN to put measures in place in the face of ubiquitous Financial Technology (FinTech) to ensure that the local populace are able to bank their cash with ease within the stipulated time.
They said such a measure would also ensure the security of the local population who might be waylaid and dispossessed of their cash by criminal elements like bandits and insurgents.