The Governors dragged the Federal government before the Supreme Court over the scarcity of the Naira notes.
The states are seeking a declaration that the Demonetisation Policy of the Federation being currently carried out by the CBN under the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari is not in compliance with the existing provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), Central Bank of Nigeria Act, 2007 and actual laws on the subject.
They also want the court to declare that the three-month notice given by the FGN and the CBN under the directive of President Buhari, the expiration of which will render the old bank notes inadmissible as legal tender, is in gross violation of the provisions of Section 20(3) of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act 2007 – which specifies that reasonable notice must be given before such a policy and that the limit cannot be outside that provided under Section Section 22(1) of the CBN Act 2007.
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Kaduna State, Aisha Dikko, in an affidavit, stated that while the naira redesign policy was introduced to improve the cashless policy of the federal government, several transactions cannot be conveniently carried out through electronic means.
Dikko also averred that the federal government has embarked on the policy within a narrow and unworkable time frame, and this has adversely affected Nigerian citizens within Kaduna, Kogi and Zamfara states as well as their governments, especially as the newly redesigned naira notes are not available for use by the people as well as the state governments.
“That the majority of the indigenes of the plaintiffs’ states who reside in the rural areas have been unable to exchange or deposit their old naira notes as there are no banks in the rural areas where the majority of the population of the states reside,” she averred.
Governors of the ruling party had met with the President last week and pleaded with him to allow old notes and the new ones co-exist.
The president told them to give him seven days to look into the challenges arising from naira redesign.
Following a recent meeting, CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele warned that the bank was not considering moving the February 10 deadline for the old notes to cease being legal tender.
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