Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has confirmed that he sent a letter to the Presidency to seek the postponement of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the state for the commissioning of projects.
According to Ganduje, the President’s visit to the state on Monday, January 30 has been postponed due to security issues that might arise from the deadline given for swapping old Naira notes for new ones.
Speaking during an interactive session with scholars, legislators, political leaders, and the business community in the state at the Government House in Kano, Ganduje said they are deeply concerned by the hardship attributed to the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) deadline for the redemption of old naira notes.
“While we await this important visit, we have found ourselves in this situation, which places citizens in undue hardship.” For security purposes, we wrote to Presidency to say that President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Kano is postponed.
“We got an acknowledgment copy of the letter. People are really suffering because of this policy.
“There are no banks in most of our rural communities.” How these people get new Naira notes is of great concern. Just look at what is happening in our urban areas, people go and spend hours upon hours in banks. And without any assurances of getting the new notes.
“This problem affects all of us.” Therefore, our voice must be heard in all nooks and crannies. We are a commercial hub. As such our position must be loud and clear,” he said.
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