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Cashless Economy: Obaseki backs Buhari regime’s policy, says its best

The Edo governor said, “As a government, we do not have a problem with the policy,” and asked that the policy “be encouraged”.

• February 6, 2023
Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki
Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo on Monday called on Nigerians to support the President Muhammadu Buhari regime’s cashless policy, describing it as the best for the banking sector.

Mr Obaseki made the call shortly after a closed-door meeting with officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and senior management of banks in Benin, the state capital.

The governor noted that the meeting was called due to his concern over the scarcity of cash and the hardship the people were going through while trying to get cash.

“As a government, we do not have a problem with the policy. The policy should be encouraged; it is the best for our banking system.

“However, we want to ensure that we do this as painlessly and as seamlessly as possible.”

He tasked Nigerians on making payments via android phones rather than visiting banks.

“Others with less sophisticated phones can still make payment with the USSD code given to them by their banks,” he said.

Mr Obaseki explained that there were also companies that offer electronic wallet services registered by the CBN.

“We also have PoS terminals that have been licensed to operate, through which the people can also make payment”, he added.

He noted that his administration would join hands with the CBN and the banker committee in the state to monitor the situation and resolve the problems.

Also speaking, Blaise Ijebor, a CBN director, urged the people to use alternative means to make payments, adding that CBN wanted to drive a cash-light economy for the benefit of Nigerians.

“We are going to make sure that there is cash supply within the next few days.

“We have asked banks to pay up to N20,000, but because of the crowd, some banks might not be able to pay N20,000 at once.

“So, if they can pay you N5000 or N10,000, use that to manage for the next day or two. We are going to make supply available,” he said.

Mr Ijebor stated that the apex bank had set up a monitoring team working with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

(NAN)

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