The Federal Capital Territory Administration’s Reform Coordination and Service Improvement Department (RCSID), has taken the campaign of old currency deadline to people at the grassroots across the 17 chiefdoms of the territory.
At a visit to the Palaces of Sarkin Bwari and Esu Bwari in Abuja, Mr. Fatai Bello, who led the FCTA team from RCSID said the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello was concerned that the January 31 deadline is fast approaching.
He said the team were in Bwari Area Council to further sensitize the rural dwellers on the need to deposit their old N1,000, N500 and N200 Naira notes before the 31st January deadline.
He appealed to traditional rulers and community Heads to sensitize their followers on the new naira policy to avert loosing their money due to ignorance.
According to him, “The campaign is being carried out in the 17 Chiefdoms of the FCT across the six Area Councils. We already have the jingles running on most of the radio stations, so the message is actually going down to the target group…it is our responsibility as the Reform Coordination and Service Improvement Department, for which we run 24/7 call centre.”
“We are going to review some of the issues raised particularly those that directly concerns the CBN for us to be able to get feedback from the CBN, and we promised that within 24 hours, we are going to get back to them, having taken the necessary steps”.
At the Sa Bwaya palace in Bwari, the Esu Bwari, Ibrahim Yaro, who commended the FCT Minister for the sensitisation said they had reached out to the people to take their old notes to the banks, but however promised to continue to educate the people.
“Although the time is short, but we know that nothing good comes easy, because definitely some people will suffer, but after suffering, we will enjoy it. So we the traditional rulers with your support, we will do the necessary thing to ensure that our people comply with the directive”.
On his part, Sarkin Bwari, Alh. Awwal Musa Muhammad Ijakoro, suggested that the government should consider provision of cash collection centres in rural areas, to help ameliorate the hardship that the people go through to deposit their old currencies in banks outside their settlements.
A Bwari resident, Vincent Yusuf called on relevant authorities to give POS operators special treatment this season, since they are closer to the masses.
By Remi Johnson,Edited by Grace Namiji