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FG To Support States With N656bn

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The Federal Government has approved support the the 36 states of the federation with the sum of N656 billion to bridge financing facility.

This was disclosed at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday.

Each of the state governments will receive the sum of N18.225 billion to help in meeting financial obligations, especially the previous budget support facility due for repayment. 

The states will be required to repay the latest loan with a 30-year tenor and a two-year moratorium at an interest rate of nine per cent.  

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, had informed the council that the bridge facility is now being processed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). 

The money will be disbursed in six tranches over a period of six months to the states. 

She affirmed that the facility is to help the states afford the repayment of previous bailout facilities guaranteed for them by the Federal Government. 

At the July meeting of the council, the finance minister had informed that deductions from state governments would soon commence as repayment for the previous bailout from the CBN. 

Subsequently, the states sought further support leading to the idea of bridge financing. A statement issued by the spokesman of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, also said at the meeting, the Executive Director/CEO of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, briefed the members on the status of the country’s COVID-19 vaccine roll-out. 

He noted that Nigeria had received over 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX, African Union and othes, which, he said, was sufficient to ramp up vaccination for about 50 per cent of the targeted population. 

According to him, the total eligible population of Nigerians for the vaccine is over 111 million. “Given the availability of vaccines, we have started rolling out a plan to vaccinate 50 per cent of Nigerians, 18 years and above by January 31, 2022,” the NPHCDA DG said, adding that there would be a scaling up of over 3,000 health facilities nationwide. 

In his presentation to the council on state performance report on COVID-19, Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, said Nigerians must continue to maintain and sustain the COVID-19 response, especially as it enters the holiday period where there will be anticipated travels within and outside the country, as well as mass events. 

Adetifa said the country should “maintain visibility of the outbreak by testing, continuing to encourage adherence to public health and social measures, encourage vaccination and address vaccine hesitancy.”

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President Mohammadu Buhari declares Old 200 naira note as the only legal tender till April 10th

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has approved the continuous use of the old N200 as legal tender till April 10.

The President made this known on Thursday morning during an address to Nigerians. He also apologised to Nigerians over the difficulties experienced in accessing the scarce new naira notes.

Speaking to Nigerians, Buhari said, “I am deeply pained and sincerely sympathise with you all over these unintended outcomes. To stem this tide, I have directed the CBN to deploy all legitimate resources and legal needs to ensure that our citizens are adequately educated on the policy , enjoy easy access to cash withdrawal through availability of appropriate amount of currency and availability of currency.”

He further added, “To further ease the supply particularly to our citizens, I have given approval to the CBN that the old N200 bank notes be released back into circulation and that it should also be allowed to circulate as legal tender with the new N200, N500, and N1000 bank note for 60 days from Feb 10 till April 10 2023, when the old N200 note ceases to become legal tender.”

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ICPC arrests Bank manager over wrapped new Naira notes in ATM vault in Osogbo

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has arrested the manager of a bank in Osogbo, Osun State, for loading the bank’s automated teller machines with wrapped new Naira notes, thus preventing the machine from being able to dispense the notes.

The ICPC made this known on Twitter page on FridayAccording to the agency, the team directed that the wrapped new Naira notes be properly loaded so that they could be dispensed properly.

The wrapped new Naira notes in ATM vault

“ICPC Compliance Team in Oshogbo has busted an FCMB in Osogbo, Osun State where some ATMs were loaded with cash with their wrappers unremoved, thus preventing the cash from being dispensed. The Team therefore directed that the wrappers be removed, and the cash loaded properly.

“However, when a follow-up visit was undertaken the following day to ascertain the level of compliance, the team discovered that one of the ATMs was still loaded with the wrappers unremoved. The Operation Manager of the Bank was arrested and taken in for questioning.

READ ALSO: Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed Says President Buhari is unhappy with the current hardship caused by the naira redesign

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Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed Says President Buhari is unhappy with the current hardship caused by the naira redesign

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The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, Has disclosed that President Buhari is unhappy with the hardship Nigerians are facing due to the newly redesigned Naira notes.
 
She made this known while speaking at the 65th ministerial briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Team in the State House, Abuja, In response to the question on whether the government was not worried about how it’s beautiful idea of redesigning the naira was causing untold hardship in the lives of Nigerians, especially in an election year?

Here was her answer”Of course, we are worried. We are not happy that citizens have to queue and struggle at ATMs to be able to get their cash. But this is a temporary situation. Let me just give you an analogy. If you have a wound, for you to be able to heal that wound, you need to be dressed. And sometimes, when you go to the hospital, they put iodine on the wound and it is very painful. It is necessary to do that to be able to get the wound to heal.

So, it’s not easy. Mr. President is not happy that citizens are suffering. But we are convinced that it is something that needs to be done at this time and also the Central Bank has been responsive in terms of providing some extension and also further explanation that come the closing date, that it is not all over.

There is still opportunity for citizens as provided for in the CBN Act, Section 20 subsection 3 to actually take the old currency to the central bank for redemption. So, it’s not all over. But the positive side of it is that there is a lot of currency that has been mopped up by this operation.

And it means it has achieved a good level of success, but the only sore point is the pain that it has caused to citizens which is regrettable, but which is also very transient and temporary and the bulk is continuing to address” she said

We hope the Government does something to salvage this present situation.

READ ALSO: New Update on CBN policy for new Naira notes dispensation and old Naira notes submition to Banks

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