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  •  An estimated tens of billions of old naira notes remain in circulation and are predominantly the only means of conducting transactions in exchange for goods and services in many parts of the country This is just as the Central Bank of Nigeria s January 31st deadline for phasing out the old currency is fast approaching Late last year the CBN introduced a redesigned currency for the 1000 500 and 200 naira denominations and asked all holders of the old currency to deposit them in banks before January 31 2023 which is now three days away CBN had also asked the banks to stop dispensing old notes from the Automated Teller Machines while most bank branches even in Lagos and the FCT had drastically reduced the money loaded in ATMs because of the shortage of the new notes as of Friday Some ATMs observed by our reporters had not dispensed for days The acute shortage of the new notes is however been felt mostly on the streets where commuters have been left stranded markets are struggling to stay open while businesses are being forced to rely on electronic transactions Our correspondents were on the streets in major cities and report that the old notes in circulation are still more than the redesigned new notes and yet are being rejected as a legal tender And with just three days to the deadline for old notes to cease to be legal tender in the country commercial banks are opening up their branches today Saturday January 28 and tomorrow Sunday January 29 for customers to deposit old notes in their possession Although the Central Bank of Nigeria had last year directed that banks open on Saturdays to allow customers ample time to deposit their old notes only a few opened up their branches on Saturdays with some opening a few designated branches Also established businesses had requested that customers pay either with transfer use the POS or pay with new notes Similarly informal businesses had resorted to accepting electronic payments for goods and services The Okada commercial motorcycle I took today refused to collect cash from me Obinna a civil servant told LEADERSHIP Weekend It was strange but he insisted that I paty with transfer as he said he had no intention of going to deposit old notes in the bank Similarly a petty trader who also runs an agent banking centre Mrs Ajoke said she stopped collecting the old notes on Friday afternoon as she had gone to make the last deposit in the bank The crowd in the banking hall was too much I don t think I want to do that again so I stopped collecting the old notes A survey by LEADERSHIP Weekend around Lagos on Friday showed a large crowd in the banking halls most of who were depositing cash There were also long queues at the ATMs for those who wanted to make withdrawals and wanted the new notes With barely three days to the CBN deadline on the validity of old naira notes residents of the Federal Capital Territory FCT are appealing to the federal government to extend the deadline for the new naira policy as most traders and motorists have started rejecting the old naira notes It was observed that most residents in the territory are presently confused about how to get the new naira notes which they said has been difficult to get following reports of hoarding of the new notes by commercial banks Following the rejection of the old naira notes LEADERSHIP Weekend witnessed an incident in Dutse Alhaji market yesterday where a woman who simply identified herself as Mrs Donald bought foodstuff to take home to feed her family but when she paid the trader the seller rejected the money saying that it is no longer a legal tender The woman angrily dropped the money on the table for the trader after telling her that Tuesday January 31 is the deadline saying that she had no other money and that she cannot afford to let her children stay hungry which did not go down well with the trader who angrily ran after her to collect her wares back from the woman The issue of this money is becoming embarrassing because you have your money but cannot spend it on what your need I went to where I bank in Dutse but the cashiers refused to change the money I took there with the excuse that they do not have enough of the new notes This is wrong and should be corrected she said angrily and left Also it was observed that on most major roads in the FCT passengers were seen stranded not because there were no vehicles to take them to their destinations or because they do not have money on them but because commercial drivers were rejecting old naira notes from them One of the stranded passengers along Kubwa expressway Mr Ephraim Chukwuebuka said that most of the passengers spent hours on the road pleading with motorists to accept the old notes from them because the deadline is Tuesday but that they bluntly refused The whole thing is not funny at all With the way things are going there is no way I will go to work until I get the new naira notes which are presently like gold in Abuja because there is no way I can trek to the town where I work The federal government should look into this new naira policy because it is now obvious that it is the poor masses that are suffering from it When we go to the bank to change money they will say that the new notes are not enough to circulate So how are we going to survive this he queried Another stranded passenger Ms Cynthia Oluwole appealed that if the new naira notes printed are not enough to circulate for public use there is a need for the CBN and the federal government to extend the deadline until more new naira notes are in circulation I do not want to believe that the banks are hoarding the new naira notes for their selfish reasons or probably some rich and powerful Nigerians have collected their massive share of the money while they leave the poor Nigerians to suffer because of the policy Yobe state residents have decried the rejection and non availability of the redesigned N1000 N500 and N200 notes by traders and Point of Sales POS operators across the state Some of the residents who spoke with our correspondent said it is unfortunate that traders have started rejecting the old Naira notes even before the January 31 2023 Now I wanted to buy some foodstuff but couldn t due to lack of the new notes A bank customer Bukar Baba said I was at the Automated Teller Machine ATM point but only few machines were dispensing the new notes with long queues while others are still dispensing the old notes Even the banking hall was filled to capacity as many people were trying to deposit their money ahead of the January 31 deadline Another resident Abubakar Musa said we don t know what to do The old currency is scarce and people have started rejecting the old ones Except fuel stations most of the traders have stopped collecting the old notes he said A trader Mansir Ali said yes we have started rejecting the old notes because we have only few days to the deadline and there are long queues in the banks So there is no way we can deposit our cash before the deadline We too are in dilemma because if you go to buy goods the dealers are rejecting the old notes I don t have many goods but due to scarcity of the new notes I can t buy goods that I don t have A hotel manager who would not want his name mentioned told our correspondent that As I m speaking with you we are no longer collecting old notes because if we collect old notes it will become difficult to deposit them before the deadline and the cash will become useless for us So we are accepting bank transfers A POS operator Alhaji Musa said yes we don t want to collect old Naira notes because people have stopped collecting it from us and when we get to the bank there are long queues and even at that the new notes are difficult to get Anger and frustration best described the feelings of most banks customers and other Edo residents following the inability of financial institutions in the state to make available the new naira notes Some operators of POS are also not left out as most customers are refusing the old naira notes However some commercial bus drivers popularly known as tuke tuke still collect the old naira notes from commuters A POS operator who spoke with LEADERSHIP weekend Ighodalo Festus appealed to the apex bank to extend the deadline on the collection of old notes Government should do something about this deadline on old notes This thing is killing our business People don t want to collect the old from us anymore and the banks are not giving us the new notes As bank customers besiege commercials banks in Delta State to beat the deadline for cash swap of new naira notes Central Bank of Nigeria CBN has advised that it should not result to panic and apprehension In Delta state there is rush associated with the exchange of old naira notes with old ones amid CBN s January 31 deadline Across the length and breadth of Asaba it s a dirge of agonies woes dilemma and confusion and frustration from commercial banks over the new naira notes debacle Traders are now skeptical and apprehensive on whether to continue their business transactions with the old naira notes or not They are simply confused on how to handle the issue whether to stop transacting business with the old notes when they don t have access to the new ones Gift Onaiye who sells crayfish shrimps and other seafoods for customers said she was surprised to discover that the withdrawal she was to make was to be paid in the old naira notes I don t have the new naira notes as none of my customers have paid me with them So how can I stop using the ones I have I can t just carry all my money to bank and be waiting for them to give me new notes What will I use to buy my personal needs if by Monday the deadline comes I don t know what to do She expressed her dilemma I only have three 200 hundred naira notes of the new currency which I have kept aside When I went to bank today to deposit all my money thinking if I withdrew some they would give me new currency notes it was still the old currency notes But the director Banking Services CBN Abuja Mr Sam Okejere and the CBN branch controller Delta State Mr Godwin Okafor allayed the fears of the masses saying there are several payment methods During a sensitisation programme on cash swap and facilitation of the circulation of its new naira notes Mr Okafor mentioned some of the payments to include instant payment online transfers bank verification number BVN debit credit cards international bank transfer among others While saying that the cash swap programme is in partnership with super agents and deposit money banks DMBs at different parts of the country The agent shall exchange a maximum of N10 000 per person Amounts above N10 000 may be treated as cash in deposit into wallets or bank accounts in line with the cashless policy BVN NIN or Voter s card details of the customers should be captured as much as possible They said the super agents refer to companies licensed by the CBN to recruit for the purpose of agency banking and will sensitise customers on opening wallets bank accounts and the various channels for conducting electronic transactions Designated agents are eligible to collect the redesigned notes from DMBs in line with the revised cash withdrawal limit policy Agents are also permitted to charge cash out fees for the cash swap transactions but prohibited from charging any further commissions to customers for this service Okafor said While revealing principals super agents MMOs DMBs shall be held accountable for their agents adherence to the above guidelines they said these agents will render weekly returns to their designated banks regarding the cash swap transactions while the banks shall in turn render the same to the CBN on a weekly basis The exercise was performed on Friday in Asaba lllah lbusa Ogwashi Uku in Oshimili South Oshimili North and Aniocha South local government areas of the state Transporters plying inter and intra state routes in Akwa Ibom State have expressed dismay at the new currency regime lamenting that it has come to compound the already tense atmosphere chocked by the prevailing fuel crises with a litre being sold for N400 in the state We don t have the time to leave our work to go and queue at the bank to deposit the old notes because the banks are already overcrowded with the approaching deadline a mini bus driver plying Uyo Ikot Ekpene road Udo Ekanem explained I already have a lot of old notes piled up and I had to tell my wife and children to help me go and bank them but some of them returned without depositing the cash he added Calling on government and the National Assembly to intervene by impressing it on the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN governor Godwin Emefiele to extend the deadline a commuter Effiong Inyang lamented that today I could not board a bus to Eket because the driver pointedly told me it s either the new notes or perish the thought of joining my bus I was stranded yesterday traveling from Uyo to Eket The driver suddenly stopped midway to demand for fares but was disappointed when nearly every passenger thrusted the old notes He rejected them and offered to coney only those with the new notes to their destination in Eket Less than four days to the deadline for the redesigned naira by the CBN some Point of Sale POS operators in Bauchi State who are still using the old currencies have increased charges for transactions in the old banknotes A check by LEADERSHIP Weekend showed that the operators increased deposit charges by about 50 per cent The operators are now charging between N150 and N200 for N5 000 and N10 000 deposits as against N100 while others simply refused transactions in the old naira notes A POS operator Mrs Grace Simon said she rejected the old naira notes because it was difficult for her to deposit it in the banks due to long queues There is a multitude of customers in the banks you have to spend several hours in the queue to deposit the old naira notes Honestly I don t have the strength and that is why some of us increased charges for old naira notes The charge for a transaction in the new banknotes still remains the same she said According to him the new notes are not readily available He narrated that all efforts to obtain the new notes from the banks to satisfy his customers proved abortive Nwakwe revealed that over 30 percent of cash outlay with him are of the old notes and intends to pay into his account waiting for further details A transporter Chima Ibezim expressed dismay in respect of the hardship he is passing through according to him the new notes are not in full circulation as commuters still pay with the old notes He appealed to the Federal Government to extend the deadline so as to save the citizenry from further sufferings and untold hardship He urged the CBN to make available the new notes in larger quantities A visit by LEADERSHIP Weekend to many POS operators in Damaturu the state capital revealed that many are rejecting the old naira notes while few others still collect it I collect the old notes because our ogas said they don t have problem till on Sunday but many artisans that we roam about together in the town reject the old notes a cola nut seller Mohammed Nura said Governor Buni had in a statement issued by his director general on Press Affairs and Media Mamman Mohammed sought the extension to the deadline as only 4 out of the 17 LGAs have banks Commercial Activities have been paralysed in Jigawa State as people spend days on cues to withdraw money from ATM while old notes are been rejected ahead of Central Bank of Nigeria CBN deadline Local markets traders food vendors as well as other small and medium business are virtually shut down which has consequently thrown families into untold hardship Going round the state people seemed confused as new notes were difficult to get to meet their family needs while many lamented how the CBN policy is unfriendly to rural communities A trader in grains Bashir Maidaura narrated how he kept going to an ATM point for two days to get money for buying grains at local markets as old Naira notes are no longer accepted there Saifullahi Ibrahim of Kudai town Dutse local government who was found standing frustrated on a queue at an ATM point said he was very exhausted as he spent more than 12 hours without getting the new note to feed his children This CBN policy is very disgusting unfriendly and unfair to us the electorate who voted this government into power Mustapha Sulaiman of Kuma town Buji local government revealed that there was no single CBN or any commercial bank agent providing the people with new notes in exchanging with old notes Please we in villages lack access to the new notes Life is becoming very unbelievable for us as the old notes are rejected We are calling on the CBN governor to extend the deadline to avoid total breakdown of law and order in our society The security situation is already very alarming Mustapha stated We are politicians This policy has potent negative impact on our campaigns Please Baba Buhari and the CBN governor should look into our future and the difficulty our rural people are facing Extend the deadline and increase the withdraw limit for the sake of God Talatu called Residents of Ilorin Kwara State are going through difficult times due to the twin problem of acute fuel scarcity and rejection of old naira notes by petty traders Commercial drivers including motorcyclists and tricyclists have hiked transport fares as only a few filling stations that dispensed fuel as at the time of filing this report now sell a litre of petroleum at N350 The hike notwithstanding there were long queues at the filling stations Most poor residents were also starving because of the rejection of the old naira notes by food sellers LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered that food vendors especially in the downtown in Ilorin were insisting on collecting new naira notes or N100 N50 and N20 notes Three residents of Okelele Alagbado and Oja Oba area of Ilorin Alh Mubaraq Salahu Raheem Onibembe and Alhaja Adenike Khadija confirmed the rejection of the old naira notes by food vendors and marketers Worse still the commercial banks were still paying their customers with the old naira notes A bank customer Alh Umaru Yerro said I was at a bank at Taiwo Road Ilorin this morning Friday to withdraw money The bankers offered me the old naira notes which I rejected Apparently they didn t have new naira notes I left the bank dejected A seller of beans cakes popularly called akara Alhaja Salamat AbdulGaniyu said I cannot take the old naira notes again from my customers as the January 31 deadline is fast approaching I don t want to be caught unawares On the rise in transport fares transporters blamed the hike on astronomical increase in the price of petroleum and the man hour spent at the filling stations queuing to buy fuel When LEADERSHIP weekend visited some ATMs at UBA Unity Zenith and Access banks along Ahmadu Bello Way in the state capital customers were on long queues waiting for the management of the banks to put new notes in their ATMs Our Correspondent gathered from some customers that most of them were at the banks from as early as 5 30am till midnight In Benue State most banks are still dispensing old Naira notes to their customers even at the ATM points In an interview one of the customers who vowed to return the old notes he withdrew from the ATM in one of the banks in Makurdi metropolis appealed to the CBN to extend the time for the usage of the old Naira notes since the new notes are limited in circulation Our correspondent who went round to monitor some of the banks observed that most banks were overcrowded because customers who came to withdraw money were rejecting the old notes In an interview one of the bank staff who pleaded anonymity said for over three days now their bank is yet to get the new Naira notes from the CBN So they were dispensing what they had old notes to customers He said We don t know what is really the problem but most of the commercial banks including ours since the beginning of this week are yet to get the new Naira notes from the CBN and our customers are rejecting the old ones A POS operator who did not want her name in print informed that instead of collecting 10 per cent for every amount deposited or withdrawn they were collecting 20 per cent for anyone that is collecting new notes and 10 percent for new notes Credit https leadership ng billions of old naira still in circulation 3 days to deadline
    Billions Of Old Naira Still In Circulation 3 Days To Deadline
     An estimated tens of billions of old naira notes remain in circulation and are predominantly the only means of conducting transactions in exchange for goods and services in many parts of the country This is just as the Central Bank of Nigeria s January 31st deadline for phasing out the old currency is fast approaching Late last year the CBN introduced a redesigned currency for the 1000 500 and 200 naira denominations and asked all holders of the old currency to deposit them in banks before January 31 2023 which is now three days away CBN had also asked the banks to stop dispensing old notes from the Automated Teller Machines while most bank branches even in Lagos and the FCT had drastically reduced the money loaded in ATMs because of the shortage of the new notes as of Friday Some ATMs observed by our reporters had not dispensed for days The acute shortage of the new notes is however been felt mostly on the streets where commuters have been left stranded markets are struggling to stay open while businesses are being forced to rely on electronic transactions Our correspondents were on the streets in major cities and report that the old notes in circulation are still more than the redesigned new notes and yet are being rejected as a legal tender And with just three days to the deadline for old notes to cease to be legal tender in the country commercial banks are opening up their branches today Saturday January 28 and tomorrow Sunday January 29 for customers to deposit old notes in their possession Although the Central Bank of Nigeria had last year directed that banks open on Saturdays to allow customers ample time to deposit their old notes only a few opened up their branches on Saturdays with some opening a few designated branches Also established businesses had requested that customers pay either with transfer use the POS or pay with new notes Similarly informal businesses had resorted to accepting electronic payments for goods and services The Okada commercial motorcycle I took today refused to collect cash from me Obinna a civil servant told LEADERSHIP Weekend It was strange but he insisted that I paty with transfer as he said he had no intention of going to deposit old notes in the bank Similarly a petty trader who also runs an agent banking centre Mrs Ajoke said she stopped collecting the old notes on Friday afternoon as she had gone to make the last deposit in the bank The crowd in the banking hall was too much I don t think I want to do that again so I stopped collecting the old notes A survey by LEADERSHIP Weekend around Lagos on Friday showed a large crowd in the banking halls most of who were depositing cash There were also long queues at the ATMs for those who wanted to make withdrawals and wanted the new notes With barely three days to the CBN deadline on the validity of old naira notes residents of the Federal Capital Territory FCT are appealing to the federal government to extend the deadline for the new naira policy as most traders and motorists have started rejecting the old naira notes It was observed that most residents in the territory are presently confused about how to get the new naira notes which they said has been difficult to get following reports of hoarding of the new notes by commercial banks Following the rejection of the old naira notes LEADERSHIP Weekend witnessed an incident in Dutse Alhaji market yesterday where a woman who simply identified herself as Mrs Donald bought foodstuff to take home to feed her family but when she paid the trader the seller rejected the money saying that it is no longer a legal tender The woman angrily dropped the money on the table for the trader after telling her that Tuesday January 31 is the deadline saying that she had no other money and that she cannot afford to let her children stay hungry which did not go down well with the trader who angrily ran after her to collect her wares back from the woman The issue of this money is becoming embarrassing because you have your money but cannot spend it on what your need I went to where I bank in Dutse but the cashiers refused to change the money I took there with the excuse that they do not have enough of the new notes This is wrong and should be corrected she said angrily and left Also it was observed that on most major roads in the FCT passengers were seen stranded not because there were no vehicles to take them to their destinations or because they do not have money on them but because commercial drivers were rejecting old naira notes from them One of the stranded passengers along Kubwa expressway Mr Ephraim Chukwuebuka said that most of the passengers spent hours on the road pleading with motorists to accept the old notes from them because the deadline is Tuesday but that they bluntly refused The whole thing is not funny at all With the way things are going there is no way I will go to work until I get the new naira notes which are presently like gold in Abuja because there is no way I can trek to the town where I work The federal government should look into this new naira policy because it is now obvious that it is the poor masses that are suffering from it When we go to the bank to change money they will say that the new notes are not enough to circulate So how are we going to survive this he queried Another stranded passenger Ms Cynthia Oluwole appealed that if the new naira notes printed are not enough to circulate for public use there is a need for the CBN and the federal government to extend the deadline until more new naira notes are in circulation I do not want to believe that the banks are hoarding the new naira notes for their selfish reasons or probably some rich and powerful Nigerians have collected their massive share of the money while they leave the poor Nigerians to suffer because of the policy Yobe state residents have decried the rejection and non availability of the redesigned N1000 N500 and N200 notes by traders and Point of Sales POS operators across the state Some of the residents who spoke with our correspondent said it is unfortunate that traders have started rejecting the old Naira notes even before the January 31 2023 Now I wanted to buy some foodstuff but couldn t due to lack of the new notes A bank customer Bukar Baba said I was at the Automated Teller Machine ATM point but only few machines were dispensing the new notes with long queues while others are still dispensing the old notes Even the banking hall was filled to capacity as many people were trying to deposit their money ahead of the January 31 deadline Another resident Abubakar Musa said we don t know what to do The old currency is scarce and people have started rejecting the old ones Except fuel stations most of the traders have stopped collecting the old notes he said A trader Mansir Ali said yes we have started rejecting the old notes because we have only few days to the deadline and there are long queues in the banks So there is no way we can deposit our cash before the deadline We too are in dilemma because if you go to buy goods the dealers are rejecting the old notes I don t have many goods but due to scarcity of the new notes I can t buy goods that I don t have A hotel manager who would not want his name mentioned told our correspondent that As I m speaking with you we are no longer collecting old notes because if we collect old notes it will become difficult to deposit them before the deadline and the cash will become useless for us So we are accepting bank transfers A POS operator Alhaji Musa said yes we don t want to collect old Naira notes because people have stopped collecting it from us and when we get to the bank there are long queues and even at that the new notes are difficult to get Anger and frustration best described the feelings of most banks customers and other Edo residents following the inability of financial institutions in the state to make available the new naira notes Some operators of POS are also not left out as most customers are refusing the old naira notes However some commercial bus drivers popularly known as tuke tuke still collect the old naira notes from commuters A POS operator who spoke with LEADERSHIP weekend Ighodalo Festus appealed to the apex bank to extend the deadline on the collection of old notes Government should do something about this deadline on old notes This thing is killing our business People don t want to collect the old from us anymore and the banks are not giving us the new notes As bank customers besiege commercials banks in Delta State to beat the deadline for cash swap of new naira notes Central Bank of Nigeria CBN has advised that it should not result to panic and apprehension In Delta state there is rush associated with the exchange of old naira notes with old ones amid CBN s January 31 deadline Across the length and breadth of Asaba it s a dirge of agonies woes dilemma and confusion and frustration from commercial banks over the new naira notes debacle Traders are now skeptical and apprehensive on whether to continue their business transactions with the old naira notes or not They are simply confused on how to handle the issue whether to stop transacting business with the old notes when they don t have access to the new ones Gift Onaiye who sells crayfish shrimps and other seafoods for customers said she was surprised to discover that the withdrawal she was to make was to be paid in the old naira notes I don t have the new naira notes as none of my customers have paid me with them So how can I stop using the ones I have I can t just carry all my money to bank and be waiting for them to give me new notes What will I use to buy my personal needs if by Monday the deadline comes I don t know what to do She expressed her dilemma I only have three 200 hundred naira notes of the new currency which I have kept aside When I went to bank today to deposit all my money thinking if I withdrew some they would give me new currency notes it was still the old currency notes But the director Banking Services CBN Abuja Mr Sam Okejere and the CBN branch controller Delta State Mr Godwin Okafor allayed the fears of the masses saying there are several payment methods During a sensitisation programme on cash swap and facilitation of the circulation of its new naira notes Mr Okafor mentioned some of the payments to include instant payment online transfers bank verification number BVN debit credit cards international bank transfer among others While saying that the cash swap programme is in partnership with super agents and deposit money banks DMBs at different parts of the country The agent shall exchange a maximum of N10 000 per person Amounts above N10 000 may be treated as cash in deposit into wallets or bank accounts in line with the cashless policy BVN NIN or Voter s card details of the customers should be captured as much as possible They said the super agents refer to companies licensed by the CBN to recruit for the purpose of agency banking and will sensitise customers on opening wallets bank accounts and the various channels for conducting electronic transactions Designated agents are eligible to collect the redesigned notes from DMBs in line with the revised cash withdrawal limit policy Agents are also permitted to charge cash out fees for the cash swap transactions but prohibited from charging any further commissions to customers for this service Okafor said While revealing principals super agents MMOs DMBs shall be held accountable for their agents adherence to the above guidelines they said these agents will render weekly returns to their designated banks regarding the cash swap transactions while the banks shall in turn render the same to the CBN on a weekly basis The exercise was performed on Friday in Asaba lllah lbusa Ogwashi Uku in Oshimili South Oshimili North and Aniocha South local government areas of the state Transporters plying inter and intra state routes in Akwa Ibom State have expressed dismay at the new currency regime lamenting that it has come to compound the already tense atmosphere chocked by the prevailing fuel crises with a litre being sold for N400 in the state We don t have the time to leave our work to go and queue at the bank to deposit the old notes because the banks are already overcrowded with the approaching deadline a mini bus driver plying Uyo Ikot Ekpene road Udo Ekanem explained I already have a lot of old notes piled up and I had to tell my wife and children to help me go and bank them but some of them returned without depositing the cash he added Calling on government and the National Assembly to intervene by impressing it on the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN governor Godwin Emefiele to extend the deadline a commuter Effiong Inyang lamented that today I could not board a bus to Eket because the driver pointedly told me it s either the new notes or perish the thought of joining my bus I was stranded yesterday traveling from Uyo to Eket The driver suddenly stopped midway to demand for fares but was disappointed when nearly every passenger thrusted the old notes He rejected them and offered to coney only those with the new notes to their destination in Eket Less than four days to the deadline for the redesigned naira by the CBN some Point of Sale POS operators in Bauchi State who are still using the old currencies have increased charges for transactions in the old banknotes A check by LEADERSHIP Weekend showed that the operators increased deposit charges by about 50 per cent The operators are now charging between N150 and N200 for N5 000 and N10 000 deposits as against N100 while others simply refused transactions in the old naira notes A POS operator Mrs Grace Simon said she rejected the old naira notes because it was difficult for her to deposit it in the banks due to long queues There is a multitude of customers in the banks you have to spend several hours in the queue to deposit the old naira notes Honestly I don t have the strength and that is why some of us increased charges for old naira notes The charge for a transaction in the new banknotes still remains the same she said According to him the new notes are not readily available He narrated that all efforts to obtain the new notes from the banks to satisfy his customers proved abortive Nwakwe revealed that over 30 percent of cash outlay with him are of the old notes and intends to pay into his account waiting for further details A transporter Chima Ibezim expressed dismay in respect of the hardship he is passing through according to him the new notes are not in full circulation as commuters still pay with the old notes He appealed to the Federal Government to extend the deadline so as to save the citizenry from further sufferings and untold hardship He urged the CBN to make available the new notes in larger quantities A visit by LEADERSHIP Weekend to many POS operators in Damaturu the state capital revealed that many are rejecting the old naira notes while few others still collect it I collect the old notes because our ogas said they don t have problem till on Sunday but many artisans that we roam about together in the town reject the old notes a cola nut seller Mohammed Nura said Governor Buni had in a statement issued by his director general on Press Affairs and Media Mamman Mohammed sought the extension to the deadline as only 4 out of the 17 LGAs have banks Commercial Activities have been paralysed in Jigawa State as people spend days on cues to withdraw money from ATM while old notes are been rejected ahead of Central Bank of Nigeria CBN deadline Local markets traders food vendors as well as other small and medium business are virtually shut down which has consequently thrown families into untold hardship Going round the state people seemed confused as new notes were difficult to get to meet their family needs while many lamented how the CBN policy is unfriendly to rural communities A trader in grains Bashir Maidaura narrated how he kept going to an ATM point for two days to get money for buying grains at local markets as old Naira notes are no longer accepted there Saifullahi Ibrahim of Kudai town Dutse local government who was found standing frustrated on a queue at an ATM point said he was very exhausted as he spent more than 12 hours without getting the new note to feed his children This CBN policy is very disgusting unfriendly and unfair to us the electorate who voted this government into power Mustapha Sulaiman of Kuma town Buji local government revealed that there was no single CBN or any commercial bank agent providing the people with new notes in exchanging with old notes Please we in villages lack access to the new notes Life is becoming very unbelievable for us as the old notes are rejected We are calling on the CBN governor to extend the deadline to avoid total breakdown of law and order in our society The security situation is already very alarming Mustapha stated We are politicians This policy has potent negative impact on our campaigns Please Baba Buhari and the CBN governor should look into our future and the difficulty our rural people are facing Extend the deadline and increase the withdraw limit for the sake of God Talatu called Residents of Ilorin Kwara State are going through difficult times due to the twin problem of acute fuel scarcity and rejection of old naira notes by petty traders Commercial drivers including motorcyclists and tricyclists have hiked transport fares as only a few filling stations that dispensed fuel as at the time of filing this report now sell a litre of petroleum at N350 The hike notwithstanding there were long queues at the filling stations Most poor residents were also starving because of the rejection of the old naira notes by food sellers LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered that food vendors especially in the downtown in Ilorin were insisting on collecting new naira notes or N100 N50 and N20 notes Three residents of Okelele Alagbado and Oja Oba area of Ilorin Alh Mubaraq Salahu Raheem Onibembe and Alhaja Adenike Khadija confirmed the rejection of the old naira notes by food vendors and marketers Worse still the commercial banks were still paying their customers with the old naira notes A bank customer Alh Umaru Yerro said I was at a bank at Taiwo Road Ilorin this morning Friday to withdraw money The bankers offered me the old naira notes which I rejected Apparently they didn t have new naira notes I left the bank dejected A seller of beans cakes popularly called akara Alhaja Salamat AbdulGaniyu said I cannot take the old naira notes again from my customers as the January 31 deadline is fast approaching I don t want to be caught unawares On the rise in transport fares transporters blamed the hike on astronomical increase in the price of petroleum and the man hour spent at the filling stations queuing to buy fuel When LEADERSHIP weekend visited some ATMs at UBA Unity Zenith and Access banks along Ahmadu Bello Way in the state capital customers were on long queues waiting for the management of the banks to put new notes in their ATMs Our Correspondent gathered from some customers that most of them were at the banks from as early as 5 30am till midnight In Benue State most banks are still dispensing old Naira notes to their customers even at the ATM points In an interview one of the customers who vowed to return the old notes he withdrew from the ATM in one of the banks in Makurdi metropolis appealed to the CBN to extend the time for the usage of the old Naira notes since the new notes are limited in circulation Our correspondent who went round to monitor some of the banks observed that most banks were overcrowded because customers who came to withdraw money were rejecting the old notes In an interview one of the bank staff who pleaded anonymity said for over three days now their bank is yet to get the new Naira notes from the CBN So they were dispensing what they had old notes to customers He said We don t know what is really the problem but most of the commercial banks including ours since the beginning of this week are yet to get the new Naira notes from the CBN and our customers are rejecting the old ones A POS operator who did not want her name in print informed that instead of collecting 10 per cent for every amount deposited or withdrawn they were collecting 20 per cent for anyone that is collecting new notes and 10 percent for new notes Credit https leadership ng billions of old naira still in circulation 3 days to deadline
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    Billions Of Old Naira Still In Circulation 3 Days To Deadline

    An estimated tens of billions of old naira notes remain in circulation and are predominantly the only means of conducting transactions in exchange for goods and services in many parts of the country.

    This is just as the Central Bank of Nigeria’s January 31st deadline for phasing out the old currency is fast approaching. Late last year, the CBN introduced a redesigned currency for the 1000, 500 and 200 naira denominations and asked all holders of the old currency to deposit them in banks before January 31, 2023; which is now three days away.

    CBN had also asked the banks to stop dispensing old notes from the Automated Teller Machines, while most bank branches, even in Lagos and the FCT, had drastically reduced the money loaded in ATMs because of the shortage of the new notes as of Friday. Some ATMs observed by our reporters had not dispensed for days.

    The acute shortage of the new notes is however been felt mostly on the streets where commuters have been left stranded, markets are struggling to stay open while businesses are being forced to rely on electronic transactions.

    Our correspondents were on the streets in major cities and report that the old notes in circulation are still more than the redesigned new notes, and yet are being rejected as a legal tender.

    And with just three days to the deadline for old notes to cease to be legal tender in the country, commercial banks are opening up their branches today, Saturday, January 28 and tomorrow, Sunday, January 29 for customers to deposit old notes in their possession.

    Although, the Central Bank of Nigeria had last year directed that banks open on Saturdays to allow customers ample time to deposit their old notes, only a few opened up their branches on Saturdays with some opening a few designated branches.

    Also established businesses had requested that customers pay either with transfer, use the POS or pay with new notes. Similarly, informal businesses had resorted to accepting electronic payments for goods and services.

    “The Okada (commercial motorcycle) I took today refused to collect cash from me” Obinna, a civil servant told LEADERSHIP Weekend.  “It was strange but he insisted that I paty with transfer as he said he had no intention of going to deposit old notes in the bank.”

    Similarly, a petty trader who also runs an agent banking centre, Mrs Ajoke said she stopped collecting the old notes on Friday afternoon as she had gone to make the last deposit in the bank. “The crowd in the banking hall was too much. I don’t think I want to do that again so I stopped collecting the old notes.”

    A survey by LEADERSHIP Weekend around Lagos on Friday showed a large crowd in the banking halls, most of who were depositing cash. There were also long queues at the ATMs for those who wanted to make withdrawals and wanted the new notes.

    With barely three days to the CBN deadline on the validity of old naira notes, residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are appealing to the federal government to extend the deadline for the new naira policy, as most traders and motorists have started rejecting the old naira notes.

    It was observed that most residents in the territory are presently confused about how to get the new naira notes which they said has been difficult to get, following reports of hoarding of the new notes by commercial banks.

    Following the rejection of the old naira notes, LEADERSHIP Weekend witnessed an incident in Dutse Alhaji market yesterday, where a woman, who simply identified herself as Mrs Donald, bought foodstuff to take home to feed her family, but when she paid the trader, the seller rejected the money, saying that it is no longer a legal tender.

    The woman angrily dropped the money on the table for the trader after telling her that Tuesday, January 31, is the deadline, saying that she had no other money and that she cannot afford to let her children stay hungry, which did not go down well with the trader who angrily ran after her to collect her wares back from the woman.

    “The issue of this money is becoming embarrassing because you have your money but cannot spend it on what your need. I went to where I bank in Dutse but the cashiers refused to change the money I took there, with the excuse that they do not have enough of the new notes. This is wrong and should be corrected,” she said angrily and left.

    Also, it was observed that on most major roads in the FCT, passengers were seen stranded, not because there were no vehicles to take them to their destinations or because they do not have money on them, but because commercial drivers were rejecting old naira notes from them.

    One of the stranded passengers along Kubwa expressway, Mr Ephraim Chukwuebuka, said that most of the passengers spent hours on the road pleading with motorists to accept the old notes from them because the deadline is Tuesday but that they bluntly refused.

    “The whole thing is not funny at all. With the way things are going, there is no way I will go to work until I get the new naira notes which are presently like gold in Abuja because there is no way I can trek to the town where I work.

    “The federal government should look into this new naira policy because it is now obvious that it is the poor masses that are suffering from it. When we go to the bank to change money, they will say that the new notes are not enough to circulate. So, how are we going to survive this?” he queried.

    Another stranded passenger, Ms Cynthia Oluwole, appealed that if the new naira notes printed are not enough to circulate for public use, there is a need for the CBN and the federal government to extend the deadline until more new naira notes are in circulation.

    “I do not want to believe that the banks are hoarding the new naira notes for their selfish reasons, or probably some rich and powerful Nigerians have collected their massive share of the money while they leave the poor Nigerians to suffer because of the policy.

    Yobe state residents have decried the rejection and non-availability of the redesigned N1000, N500 and N200 notes by traders and Point of Sales (POS) operators across the state.

    Some of the residents who spoke with our correspondent said “it is unfortunate, that traders have started rejecting the old Naira notes even before the January, 31, 2023. Now, I wanted to buy some foodstuff but couldn’t due to lack of the new notes.”

    A bank customer, Bukar Baba said “I was at the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) point, but only few machines were dispensing the new notes with long queues while others are still dispensing the old notes. Even the banking hall was filled to capacity as many people were trying to deposit their money ahead of the January 31 deadline.”

    Another resident, Abubakar Musa said, “we don’t know what to do. The old currency is scarce and people have started rejecting the old ones. Except fuel stations, most of the traders have stopped collecting the old notes,” he said.

    A trader, Mansir Ali said “yes, we have started rejecting the old notes because, we have only few days to the deadline and there are long queues in the banks. So, there is no way we can deposit our cash before the deadline.

    “We, too, are in dilemma because if you go to buy goods, the dealers are rejecting the old notes. I don’t have many goods but due to scarcity of the new notes, I can’t buy goods that I don’t have.”

    A hotel manager who would not want his name mentioned told our correspondent that, “As I’m speaking with you, we are no longer collecting old notes because if we collect old notes, it will become difficult to deposit them before the deadline and the cash will become useless for us. So, we are accepting bank transfers.

    A POS operator, Alhaji Musa said “yes we don’t want to collect old Naira notes because people have stopped collecting it from us and when we get to the bank, there are long queues and even at that, the new notes are difficult to get.”

    Anger and frustration best described the feelings of most banks’ customers and other Edo residents following the inability of financial institutions in the state to make available the new naira notes.

    Some operators of POS are also not left out as most customers are refusing the old naira notes.

    However, some commercial bus drivers popularly known as tuke-tuke still collect the old naira notes from commuters.

    A POS operator who spoke with LEADERSHIP weekend, Ighodalo Festus appealed to the apex bank to extend the deadline on the collection of old notes.

    “Government should do something about this deadline on old notes. This thing is killing our business. People don’t want to collect the old from us anymore and the banks are not giving us the new notes.

    As bank customers besiege commercials banks in Delta State to beat the deadline for cash swap of new naira notes, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has advised that it should not result to panic and apprehension.

    In Delta state, there is rush associated with the exchange of old naira notes with old ones amid CBN’s January 31 deadline.

    Across the length and breadth of Asaba, it’s a dirge of agonies, woes, dilemma and confusion and frustration from commercial banks over the new naira notes debacle.

    Traders are now skeptical and apprehensive on whether to continue their business transactions with the old naira notes or not. They are simply confused on how to handle the issue whether to stop transacting business with the old notes when they don’t have access to the new ones.

    Gift Onaiye who sells crayfish, shrimps and other seafoods for customers said she was surprised to discover that the withdrawal she was to make was to be paid in the old naira notes!

    “I don’t have the new naira notes as none of my customers have paid me with them. So, how can I stop using the ones I have? I can’t just carry all my money to bank and be waiting for them to give me new notes. What will I use to buy my personal needs if by Monday, the deadline comes? I don’t know what to do.”

    She expressed her dilemma: “I only have three 200 hundred naira notes of the new currency which I have kept aside. When I went to bank today to deposit all my money thinking if I withdrew some, they would give me new currency notes, it was still the old currency notes.”

    But the director, Banking Services, CBN, Abuja Mr Sam Okejere and the CBN branch controller, Delta State, Mr Godwin Okafor, allayed the fears of the masses, saying there are several payment methods.

    During a sensitisation programme on cash swap and facilitation of the circulation of its new naira notes, Mr Okafor mentioned some of the payments to include instant payment, online transfers, bank verification number (BVN), debit/credit cards, international bank transfer, among others.

    While saying that the cash swap programme is in partnership with super agents and deposit money banks (DMBs) at different parts of the country, “The agent shall exchange a maximum of N10,000 per person. Amounts above N10,000 may be treated as cash-in deposit into wallets or bank accounts in line with the cashless policy. BVN, NIN, or Voter’s card details of the customers should be captured as much as possible.

    They said the super agents refer to companies licensed by the CBN to recruit for the purpose of agency banking and will sensitise customers on opening wallets, bank accounts and the various channels for conducting electronic transactions.

    “Designated agents are eligible to collect the redesigned notes from DMBs in line with the revised cash withdrawal limit policy. Agents are also permitted to charge cash-out fees for the cash swap transactions but prohibited from charging any further commissions to customers for this service,” Okafor said.

    While revealing principals (super agents, MMOs, DMBs) shall be held accountable for their agents’ adherence to the above guidelines, they said these agents will render weekly returns to their designated banks regarding the cash swap transactions while the banks shall in turn render the same to the CBN on a weekly basis.

    The exercise was performed on Friday in Asaba, lllah, lbusa, Ogwashi-Uku, in Oshimili South, Oshimili North and Aniocha South local government areas of the state.

    Transporters plying inter and intra-state routes in Akwa Ibom State have expressed dismay at the new currency regime, lamenting that it has come to compound the already tense atmosphere chocked by the prevailing fuel crises with a litre being sold for N400 in the state.

    “We don’t have the time to leave our work to go and queue at the bank to deposit the old notes because the banks are already overcrowded with the approaching deadline,” a mini-bus driver plying Uyo-Ikot Ekpene road, Udo Ekanem explained.

    “I already have a lot of old notes piled up and I had to tell my wife and children to help me go and bank them, but some of them returned without depositing the cash,” he added.

    Calling on government and the National Assembly to intervene by impressing it on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele, to extend the deadline, a commuter, Effiong Inyang lamented that “today, I could not board a bus to Eket because the driver pointedly told me it’s either the new notes or perish the thought of joining my bus.

    “I was stranded yesterday traveling from Uyo to Eket. The driver suddenly stopped midway to demand for fares, but was disappointed when nearly every passenger thrusted the old notes. He rejected them and offered to coney only those with the new notes to their destination in Eket.”

    Less than four days to the deadline for the redesigned naira by the CBN, some Point-of-Sale (POS) operators in Bauchi State who are still using the old currencies have increased charges for transactions in the old banknotes.

    A check by LEADERSHIP Weekend showed that the operators increased deposit charges by about 50 per cent.

    The operators are now charging between N150 and N200 for N5,000 and N10,000 deposits as against N100, while others simply refused transactions in the old naira notes.

    A POS operator, Mrs Grace Simon said she rejected the old naira notes because it was difficult for her to deposit it in the banks due to long queues.

    “There is a multitude of customers in the banks, you have to spend several hours in the queue to deposit the old naira notes.

    “Honestly, I don’t have the strength, and that is why some of us increased charges for old naira notes.

    “The charge for a transaction in the new banknotes still remains the same,” she said.

    According to him, the new notes are not readily available. He narrated that all efforts to obtain the new notes from the banks to satisfy his customers proved abortive.

    Nwakwe revealed that over 30 percent of cash outlay with him are of the old notes and intends to pay into his account waiting for further details.

    A transporter, Chima Ibezim, expressed dismay in respect of the hardship he is passing through, according to him, the new notes are not in full circulation as commuters still pay with the old notes.

    He appealed to the Federal Government to extend the deadline so as to save the citizenry from further sufferings and untold hardship. He urged the CBN to make available the new notes in larger quantities.

    A visit by LEADERSHIP Weekend to many POS operators in Damaturu, the state capital, revealed that many are rejecting the old naira notes while few others still collect it.

    “I collect the old notes because our ogas said they don’t have problem till on Sunday but, many artisans that we roam about together in the town, reject the old notes,” a cola nut seller, Mohammed Nura said.

    Governor Buni had in a statement issued by his director-general on Press Affairs and Media, Mamman Mohammed sought the extension to the deadline as only 4 out of the 17 LGAs have banks.

    Commercial Activities have been paralysed in Jigawa State as people spend days on cues to withdraw money from ATM while old notes are been rejected ahead of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) deadline.

    Local markets, traders, food vendors as well as other small and medium business are virtually shut down which has consequently thrown families into untold hardship.

    Going round the state, people seemed confused as new notes were difficult to get to meet their family needs while many lamented how the CBN policy is unfriendly to rural communities.

    A trader in grains, Bashir Maidaura narrated how he kept going to an ATM point for two days to get money for buying grains at local markets as old Naira notes are no longer accepted there.

    Saifullahi Ibrahim of Kudai town Dutse local government who was found standing frustrated on a queue at an ATM point said he was very exhausted as he spent more than 12 hours without getting the new note to feed his children.

    “This CBN policy is very disgusting, unfriendly and unfair to us the electorate who voted this government into power.

    Mustapha Sulaiman of Kuma town Buji local government revealed that, there was no single CBN or any commercial bank agent providing the people with new notes in exchanging with old notes.

    “Please, we in villages lack access to the new notes. Life is becoming very unbelievable for us as the old notes are rejected. We are calling on the CBN governor to extend the deadline to avoid total breakdown of law and order in our society. The security situation is already very alarming,” Mustapha stated.

    “We are politicians. This policy has potent negative impact on our campaigns.

    Please Baba Buhari and the CBN governor should look into our future and the difficulty our rural people are facing. Extend the deadline and increase the withdraw limit for the sake of God,” Talatu called.

    Residents of Ilorin, Kwara State are going through difficult times due to the twin-problem of acute fuel scarcity and rejection of old naira notes by petty traders.

    Commercial drivers, including motorcyclists and tricyclists, have hiked transport fares as only a few filling stations that dispensed fuel as at the time of filing this report now sell a litre of petroleum at N350.

    The hike notwithstanding, there were long queues at the filling stations.

    Most poor residents were also starving because of the rejection of the old naira notes by food sellers.

    LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered that food vendors, especially in the downtown in Ilorin were insisting on collecting new naira notes or N100, N50 and N20 notes.

    Three residents of Okelele, Alagbado and Oja-Oba area of Ilorin, Alh Mubaraq Salahu, Raheem Onibembe and Alhaja Adenike Khadija confirmed the rejection of the old naira notes by food vendors and marketers.

    Worse still, the commercial banks were still paying their customers with the old naira notes.

    A bank customer, Alh Umaru Yerro said:”I was at a bank at Taiwo Road, Ilorin this morning (Friday) to withdraw money. The bankers offered me the old naira notes which I rejected. Apparently, they didn’t have new naira notes. I left the bank dejected.”

    A seller of beans cakes popularly called akara, Alhaja Salamat AbdulGaniyu said, “I cannot take the old naira notes again from my customers as the January 31 deadline is fast approaching. I don’t want to be caught unawares.”

    On the rise in transport fares, transporters blamed the hike on astronomical increase in the price of petroleum and the man-hour spent at the filling stations queuing to buy fuel.

    When LEADERSHIP weekend visited some ATMs at UBA, Unity, Zenith and Access banks along Ahmadu Bello Way in the state capital, customers were on long queues waiting for the management of the banks to put new notes in their ATMs.

    Our Correspondent gathered from some customers that most of them were at the banks from as early as 5:30am till midnight.

    In Benue State, most banks are still dispensing old Naira notes to their customers, even at the ATM points.

    In an interview, one of the customers who vowed to return the old notes he withdrew from the ATM in one of the banks in Makurdi metropolis, appealed to the CBN to extend the time for the usage of the old Naira notes since the new notes are limited in circulation.

    Our correspondent who went round to monitor some of the banks observed that most banks were overcrowded because customers who came to withdraw money were rejecting the old notes.

    In an interview, one of the bank staff who pleaded anonymity said for over three days now, their bank is yet to get the new Naira notes from the CBN. So, they were dispensing what they had – old notes – to customers.

    He said, “We don’t know what is really the problem but most of the commercial banks including ours, since the beginning of this week, are yet to get the new Naira notes from the CBN and our customers are rejecting the old ones.”

    A POS operator who did not want her name in print informed that instead of collecting 10 per cent for every amount deposited or withdrawn, they were collecting 20 per cent for anyone that is collecting new notes and 10 percent for new notes.

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  •  With only just five working days left to phasing out old N1 000 N500 and N200 notes anxious citizens are at their wits end over who blinks first as the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN remains defiant insisting there is no going back on the January 31 deadline despite a motion by the two chambers of the National Assembly asking the apex bank to extend the deadline for acceptance of the old naira notes The lawmakers resolution is coming after the Nigeria Governors Forum NGF Bank Customers Association of Nigeria BCAN and a host of other stakeholders have expressed concerns and made appeals for CBN to extend the period for the currency swap as well as review of the cashless policy The House of Representatives and the Senate in separate resolutions yesterday asked CBN to extend the deadline by six months till July 31 The decision of the House to ask for the extension followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by Sada Soli APC Katsina during plenary Moving the motion Soli said banking and other financial institutions are struggling to cope with the rush by citizens to change their old currencies to new notes just as the shortage of new notes is creating panic He informed his colleagues that traders in Katsina State have started rejecting the old notes Speaking in support of the motion Ahmed Jaha APC Borno said CBN has been making efforts in his state to swap the old notes for new ones however the efforts are not enough to meet the deadline just as activities of Boko Haram insurgents have shut down banking operations in most parts of Borno In his intervention Speaker of the House Femi Gbajabiamila said the House needs to interface with the heads of commercial banks to understand the real situation Consequently the House resolved to set up an ad hoc committee chaired by the majority leader Alhassan Doguwa APC Kano to interface with the banks today and subsequently meet with CBN At the upper chamber the Senate called for the extension of the deadline following the adoption of a motion moved by Sodiq Umar APC Kwara who argued that the policy is affecting the people negatively Speaking in support of the motion Abiodun Olujimi PDP Ekiti stated that most Nigerians have not got the opportunity to touch the new notes adding that the timeline for the implementation of the policy is too short Also former Senate Leader Ali Ndume APC Borno lamented the absence of the newly redesigned notes in circulation saying that as a serving member of the upper legislative chamber he has not seen the new notes I as a senator have not seen the new notes I only saw the new note once in December when I moved the motion and I said I have not seen the money That was when one of my colleagues showed me the N1 000 note I have been withdrawing money from the bank since then and have never got new notes from the bank WHILE the lawmakers were deliberating on the motion the CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele announced that the bank would not go back on the decision He made the announcement after the Monetary Policy Committee MPC meeting in Abuja Speaking on the new notes Emefiele claimed that kidnapping and ransom taking incidents have reduced since the three banknotes were redesigned He also argued that the time given for the swap of the old naira notes with new ones was enough for Nigerians to get the new notes from commercial banks I must say here that unfortunately I don t have good news for those who feel that we should shift the deadline My apologies This is even as indications emerged that over 50 per cent of Nigeria s unbanked population may lose their cash savings following CBN s requirement that old notes could only be exchanged through an existing bank account As part of the process to replace the old notes CBN directed that cash can only be accepted from customers with bank accounts and full Know Your Customer KYC and cash must only be paid into the customer s account However findings by the organisation indicated that about 20 1 per cent of the 38 million unbanked Nigerians do not possess identity documents valid and bank accepted means of identification while 83 2 per cent and 85 per cent of the same population lack proof of address and documentation for tier 3 bank accounts respectively The research report also indicated that National Identity Number NIN ownership among those who live below the poverty line is only 46 per cent The Chief Executive Officer of Diary Hills Limited Kelvin Emmanuel said CBN s insistence shows a premeditated stance by the apex bank He submitted that considering that eight local councils in Borno are completely cut off from the banking system or digital financial infrastructure and that Yobe State has less than 400 base transceiver stations for telephone and internet signals that should sway CBN to phase the introduction of the new naira notes over a period of 24 months while also deepening the open banking infrastructure to raise the number of BVN holders from its current 63 million representing 44 5 per cent of the banked population An economic analyst who is also the Lead Director of the Centre for Social Justice CSJ Eze Onyekpere said the CBN governor is seeming to be insensitive to the yearnings of Nigerians with his insistence on no extension if seven days to the deadline banks are still dispensing the old notes Also reacting National Coordinator Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria HURIWA Emmanuel Onwubiko said the January 31 deadline is not workable and feasible under any condition He therefore sought a one year extension deadline by the CBN for all Nigerians especially those in remote and unbanked areas to exchange their old notes for the new ones citing the example of the United Kingdom which unveiled its new notes on December 20 2022 but gave the deadline of 2024 for banks to still swap old pound sterling for the new ones But the Director Payment System Management Department of CBN Alhaji Musa Jimoh has refuted claims that banks were being starved of new naira notes Jimoh was in Plateau State yesterday to monitor the activities of commercial banks on compliance with the CBN directive that all banks ATMs should dispense new notes Addressing a press conference yesterday in Jos he urged media practitioners to help monitor the banks to report to CBN any bank that still dispenses old notes According to Jimoh any ATM of any bank that dispenses old notes will be shut down summarily as there had been complaints that banks are not complying but are still issuing the old notes No bank should dispense old notes You should be on the alert and let me know immediately because I am representing the CBN Governor here he stated MEANWHILE Emefiele yesterday broke his silence on the allegation that the apex bank withheld N89 trillion realised from stamp duty revenues The governor expressed surprise that such conversations could come up considering the size of the banking system noting that the said amount is far bigger than the total asset of the entire banking industry in the country The apex bank boss revealed that N370 89 billion has been collected between 2016 to date Emefiele said N89 trillion is so large The total asset of the banking industry if you understand accounting is about N71 trillion The total deposit of the banking system is N44 49 trillion So how then is it possible that stamp duty is N89 trillion while a deposit of banks is N44 49 trillion So when it became a story everywhere we went into our records told Banking Supervision Banking Payment System to go into the system and rake out the total amount that has been collected on stamp duty from 2016 to date We told our people in Banking Supervision to contact the banks Let the banks give us from their records how much they have collected from 2016 to date and tell the banks to sign on their headed paper that this is the amount they have collected on Stamp Duty from 2016 to date The report that we have in CBN is that Stamp Duty collected to date is N370 886 315 505 28 This is public accounts We owe Nigeria public accountability Out of that the Federal Inland Revenue or the Ministry of Finance has disbursed to Federation Accounts Allocation Committee FAAC N226 451 720 158 88 The reaction is in response to a member of the House of Representatives Muhammed Kazaure APC Jigawa who claimed that Emefiele siphoned the sum of N89 trillion which had allegedly accrued to the federation Kazaure alleged last December that about N89 1 trillion realised from the collection of N50 Stamp Duty and bank charges from all transactions valued above N2 000 between 2017 and 2020 kept with the CBN was missing Kazaure also claimed that it was discovered that the CBN was charging another N100 from every transaction above N5 000 the proceeds of which were going into private accounts with the apex bank and the 27 commercial banks in the country sharing in the ratio 60 40 The CBN boss also explained why it has continued to extend overdraft credits to the Federal Government via a policy termed Ways and Means W amp M Recall that the Ways and Means figures has more than doubled since 2015 hitting an all time high of N22 8 trillion as of September 2022 Emefiele explained that the reason the apex bank continues to support the government through Ways and Means is part of its responsibility as the lender of last resort to the country Emefiele cited a drop in oil prices two recessions and the COVID 19 pandemic as a combination of economic challenges that decimated the revenues of the government He also stated that what they did is not new claiming other central banks around the world do similar intervention when faced with an economic crisis Credit https guardian ng news old naira notes cbn insists on jan 31 deadline shuns calls for extension
    CBN insists on Jan 31 deadline, shuns calls for extension
     With only just five working days left to phasing out old N1 000 N500 and N200 notes anxious citizens are at their wits end over who blinks first as the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN remains defiant insisting there is no going back on the January 31 deadline despite a motion by the two chambers of the National Assembly asking the apex bank to extend the deadline for acceptance of the old naira notes The lawmakers resolution is coming after the Nigeria Governors Forum NGF Bank Customers Association of Nigeria BCAN and a host of other stakeholders have expressed concerns and made appeals for CBN to extend the period for the currency swap as well as review of the cashless policy The House of Representatives and the Senate in separate resolutions yesterday asked CBN to extend the deadline by six months till July 31 The decision of the House to ask for the extension followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by Sada Soli APC Katsina during plenary Moving the motion Soli said banking and other financial institutions are struggling to cope with the rush by citizens to change their old currencies to new notes just as the shortage of new notes is creating panic He informed his colleagues that traders in Katsina State have started rejecting the old notes Speaking in support of the motion Ahmed Jaha APC Borno said CBN has been making efforts in his state to swap the old notes for new ones however the efforts are not enough to meet the deadline just as activities of Boko Haram insurgents have shut down banking operations in most parts of Borno In his intervention Speaker of the House Femi Gbajabiamila said the House needs to interface with the heads of commercial banks to understand the real situation Consequently the House resolved to set up an ad hoc committee chaired by the majority leader Alhassan Doguwa APC Kano to interface with the banks today and subsequently meet with CBN At the upper chamber the Senate called for the extension of the deadline following the adoption of a motion moved by Sodiq Umar APC Kwara who argued that the policy is affecting the people negatively Speaking in support of the motion Abiodun Olujimi PDP Ekiti stated that most Nigerians have not got the opportunity to touch the new notes adding that the timeline for the implementation of the policy is too short Also former Senate Leader Ali Ndume APC Borno lamented the absence of the newly redesigned notes in circulation saying that as a serving member of the upper legislative chamber he has not seen the new notes I as a senator have not seen the new notes I only saw the new note once in December when I moved the motion and I said I have not seen the money That was when one of my colleagues showed me the N1 000 note I have been withdrawing money from the bank since then and have never got new notes from the bank WHILE the lawmakers were deliberating on the motion the CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele announced that the bank would not go back on the decision He made the announcement after the Monetary Policy Committee MPC meeting in Abuja Speaking on the new notes Emefiele claimed that kidnapping and ransom taking incidents have reduced since the three banknotes were redesigned He also argued that the time given for the swap of the old naira notes with new ones was enough for Nigerians to get the new notes from commercial banks I must say here that unfortunately I don t have good news for those who feel that we should shift the deadline My apologies This is even as indications emerged that over 50 per cent of Nigeria s unbanked population may lose their cash savings following CBN s requirement that old notes could only be exchanged through an existing bank account As part of the process to replace the old notes CBN directed that cash can only be accepted from customers with bank accounts and full Know Your Customer KYC and cash must only be paid into the customer s account However findings by the organisation indicated that about 20 1 per cent of the 38 million unbanked Nigerians do not possess identity documents valid and bank accepted means of identification while 83 2 per cent and 85 per cent of the same population lack proof of address and documentation for tier 3 bank accounts respectively The research report also indicated that National Identity Number NIN ownership among those who live below the poverty line is only 46 per cent The Chief Executive Officer of Diary Hills Limited Kelvin Emmanuel said CBN s insistence shows a premeditated stance by the apex bank He submitted that considering that eight local councils in Borno are completely cut off from the banking system or digital financial infrastructure and that Yobe State has less than 400 base transceiver stations for telephone and internet signals that should sway CBN to phase the introduction of the new naira notes over a period of 24 months while also deepening the open banking infrastructure to raise the number of BVN holders from its current 63 million representing 44 5 per cent of the banked population An economic analyst who is also the Lead Director of the Centre for Social Justice CSJ Eze Onyekpere said the CBN governor is seeming to be insensitive to the yearnings of Nigerians with his insistence on no extension if seven days to the deadline banks are still dispensing the old notes Also reacting National Coordinator Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria HURIWA Emmanuel Onwubiko said the January 31 deadline is not workable and feasible under any condition He therefore sought a one year extension deadline by the CBN for all Nigerians especially those in remote and unbanked areas to exchange their old notes for the new ones citing the example of the United Kingdom which unveiled its new notes on December 20 2022 but gave the deadline of 2024 for banks to still swap old pound sterling for the new ones But the Director Payment System Management Department of CBN Alhaji Musa Jimoh has refuted claims that banks were being starved of new naira notes Jimoh was in Plateau State yesterday to monitor the activities of commercial banks on compliance with the CBN directive that all banks ATMs should dispense new notes Addressing a press conference yesterday in Jos he urged media practitioners to help monitor the banks to report to CBN any bank that still dispenses old notes According to Jimoh any ATM of any bank that dispenses old notes will be shut down summarily as there had been complaints that banks are not complying but are still issuing the old notes No bank should dispense old notes You should be on the alert and let me know immediately because I am representing the CBN Governor here he stated MEANWHILE Emefiele yesterday broke his silence on the allegation that the apex bank withheld N89 trillion realised from stamp duty revenues The governor expressed surprise that such conversations could come up considering the size of the banking system noting that the said amount is far bigger than the total asset of the entire banking industry in the country The apex bank boss revealed that N370 89 billion has been collected between 2016 to date Emefiele said N89 trillion is so large The total asset of the banking industry if you understand accounting is about N71 trillion The total deposit of the banking system is N44 49 trillion So how then is it possible that stamp duty is N89 trillion while a deposit of banks is N44 49 trillion So when it became a story everywhere we went into our records told Banking Supervision Banking Payment System to go into the system and rake out the total amount that has been collected on stamp duty from 2016 to date We told our people in Banking Supervision to contact the banks Let the banks give us from their records how much they have collected from 2016 to date and tell the banks to sign on their headed paper that this is the amount they have collected on Stamp Duty from 2016 to date The report that we have in CBN is that Stamp Duty collected to date is N370 886 315 505 28 This is public accounts We owe Nigeria public accountability Out of that the Federal Inland Revenue or the Ministry of Finance has disbursed to Federation Accounts Allocation Committee FAAC N226 451 720 158 88 The reaction is in response to a member of the House of Representatives Muhammed Kazaure APC Jigawa who claimed that Emefiele siphoned the sum of N89 trillion which had allegedly accrued to the federation Kazaure alleged last December that about N89 1 trillion realised from the collection of N50 Stamp Duty and bank charges from all transactions valued above N2 000 between 2017 and 2020 kept with the CBN was missing Kazaure also claimed that it was discovered that the CBN was charging another N100 from every transaction above N5 000 the proceeds of which were going into private accounts with the apex bank and the 27 commercial banks in the country sharing in the ratio 60 40 The CBN boss also explained why it has continued to extend overdraft credits to the Federal Government via a policy termed Ways and Means W amp M Recall that the Ways and Means figures has more than doubled since 2015 hitting an all time high of N22 8 trillion as of September 2022 Emefiele explained that the reason the apex bank continues to support the government through Ways and Means is part of its responsibility as the lender of last resort to the country Emefiele cited a drop in oil prices two recessions and the COVID 19 pandemic as a combination of economic challenges that decimated the revenues of the government He also stated that what they did is not new claiming other central banks around the world do similar intervention when faced with an economic crisis Credit https guardian ng news old naira notes cbn insists on jan 31 deadline shuns calls for extension
    CBN insists on Jan 31 deadline, shuns calls for extension
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    CBN insists on Jan 31 deadline, shuns calls for extension

    With only just five working days left to phasing out old N1,000, N500 and N200 notes, anxious citizens are at their wits’ end over who blinks first, as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) remains defiant, insisting there is no going back on the January 31 deadline despite a motion by the two chambers of the National Assembly, asking the apex bank to extend the deadline for acceptance of the old naira notes.

    The lawmakers’ resolution is coming after the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Bank Customers Association of Nigeria (BCAN) and a host of other stakeholders have expressed concerns and made appeals for CBN to extend the period for the currency swap as well as review of the cashless policy.

    The House of Representatives and the Senate in separate resolutions, yesterday, asked CBN to extend the deadline by six months till July 31.

    The decision of the House to ask for the extension followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by Sada Soli (APC, Katsina) during plenary. Moving the motion, Soli said banking and other financial institutions are struggling to cope with the rush by citizens to change their old currencies to new notes, just as the shortage of new notes is creating panic.

    He informed his colleagues that traders in Katsina State have started rejecting the old notes.

    Speaking in support of the motion, Ahmed Jaha (APC, Borno), said CBN has been making efforts in his state to swap the old notes for new ones, however, the efforts are not enough to meet the deadline, just as activities of Boko Haram insurgents have shut down banking operations in most parts of Borno.

    In his intervention, Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, said the House needs to interface with the heads of commercial banks to understand the real situation.

    Consequently, the House resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee chaired by the majority leader, Alhassan Doguwa (APC, Kano), to interface with the banks today and subsequently meet with CBN.

    At the upper chamber, the Senate called for the extension of the deadline following the adoption of a motion moved by Sodiq Umar (APC, Kwara), who argued that the policy is affecting the people negatively.

    Speaking in support of the motion, Abiodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti), stated that most Nigerians have not got the opportunity to touch the new notes, adding that the timeline for the implementation of the policy is too short.

    Also, former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) lamented the absence of the newly redesigned notes in circulation, saying that as a serving member of the upper legislative chamber, he has not seen the new notes.

    “I, as a senator, have not seen the new notes. I only saw the new note once in December when I moved the motion and I said I have not seen the money. That was when one of my colleagues showed me the N1,000 note. I have been withdrawing money from the bank since then, and have never got new notes from the bank.

    WHILE the lawmakers were deliberating on the motion, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, announced that the bank would not go back on the decision. He made the announcement after the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting in Abuja.

    Speaking on the new notes, Emefiele claimed that kidnapping and ransom-taking incidents have reduced since the three banknotes were redesigned. He also argued that the time given for the swap of the old naira notes with new ones was enough for Nigerians to get the new notes from commercial banks.

    “I must say here that unfortunately, I don’t have good news for those who feel that we should shift the deadline. My apologies.

    This is even as indications emerged that over 50 per cent of Nigeria’s unbanked population may lose their cash savings following CBN’s requirement that old notes could only be exchanged through an existing bank account.

    As part of the process to replace the old notes, CBN directed that cash can only be accepted from customers with bank accounts and full Know Your Customer (KYC), and cash must only be paid into the customer’s account.

    However, findings by the organisation indicated that about 20.1 per cent of the 38 million unbanked Nigerians do not possess identity documents (valid and bank accepted means of identification), while 83.2 per cent and 85 per cent of the same population lack proof of address and documentation for tier-3 bank accounts respectively.

    The research report also indicated that National Identity Number (NIN) ownership among those who live below the poverty line is only 46 per cent.

    The Chief Executive Officer of Diary Hills Limited, Kelvin Emmanuel, said CBN’s insistence shows a premeditated stance by the apex bank.

    He submitted that considering that eight local councils in Borno are completely cut off from the banking system or digital financial infrastructure and that Yobe State has less than 400 base transceiver stations for telephone and internet signals, that should sway CBN to phase the introduction of the new naira notes over a period of 24 months, while also deepening the open banking infrastructure to raise the number of BVN holders from its current 63 million, representing 44.5 per cent of the banked population.

    An economic analyst, who is also the Lead Director of the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), Eze Onyekpere, said the CBN governor is seeming to be insensitive to the yearnings of Nigerians with his insistence on no extension, if seven days to the deadline, banks are still dispensing the old notes.

    Also reacting, National Coordinator, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the January 31 deadline is not workable and feasible under any condition.

    He, therefore, sought a one-year extension deadline by the CBN for all Nigerians, especially those in remote and unbanked areas to exchange their old notes for the new ones, citing the example of the United Kingdom, which unveiled its new notes on December 20, 2022 but gave the deadline of 2024 for banks to still swap old pound sterling for the new ones.

    But the Director, Payment System Management Department of CBN, Alhaji Musa Jimoh, has refuted claims that banks were being starved of new naira notes.

    Jimoh was in Plateau State, yesterday, to monitor the activities of commercial banks on compliance with the CBN directive that all banks’ ATMs should dispense new notes.

    Addressing a press conference yesterday in Jos, he urged media practitioners to help monitor the banks to report to CBN any bank that still dispenses old notes.

    According to Jimoh, any ATM of any bank that dispenses old notes will be shut down summarily as there had been complaints that banks are not complying but are still issuing the old notes.

    “No bank should dispense old notes. You should be on the alert and let me know immediately because I am representing the CBN Governor here,” he stated.

    MEANWHILE, Emefiele, yesterday, broke his silence on the allegation that the apex bank withheld N89 trillion realised from stamp duty revenues.

    The governor expressed surprise that such conversations could come up considering the size of the banking system, noting that the said amount is far bigger than the total asset of the entire banking industry in the country. The apex bank boss revealed that N370.89 billion has been collected between 2016 to date.

    Emefiele said: “N89 trillion is so large. The total asset of the banking industry if you understand accounting is about N71 trillion. The total deposit of the banking system is N44.49 trillion. So, how then is it possible that stamp duty is N89 trillion, while a deposit of banks is N44.49 trillion.

    “So, when it became a story everywhere, we went into our records, told Banking Supervision, Banking Payment System to go into the system and rake out the total amount that has been collected on stamp duty from 2016 to date.

    “We told our people in Banking Supervision to contact the banks. Let the banks give us from their records how much they have collected from 2016 to date and tell the banks to sign on their headed paper that this is the amount they have collected on Stamp Duty from 2016 to date.

    “The report that we have in CBN is that Stamp Duty collected to date is N370,886,315,505.28. This is public accounts. We owe Nigeria public accountability. Out of that, the Federal Inland Revenue or the Ministry of Finance has disbursed to Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) N226,451,720,158.88.

    The reaction is in response to a member of the House of Representatives, Muhammed Kazaure (APC, Jigawa), who claimed that Emefiele siphoned the sum of N89 trillion, which had allegedly accrued to the federation.

    Kazaure alleged last December that about N89.1 trillion realised from the collection of N50 Stamp Duty and bank charges from all transactions valued above N2,000 between 2017 and 2020 kept with the CBN, was missing.

    Kazaure also claimed that it was discovered that the CBN was charging another N100 from every transaction above N5,000, the proceeds of which were going into private accounts, with the apex bank and the 27 commercial banks in the country sharing in the ratio 60:40.

    The CBN boss also explained why it has continued to extend overdraft credits to the Federal Government via a policy termed ‘Ways and Means (W&M).’ Recall that the Ways and Means figures has more than doubled since 2015, hitting an all-time high of N22.8 trillion as of September 2022 .

    Emefiele explained that the reason the apex bank continues to support the government through Ways and Means is part of its responsibility as the lender of last resort to the country.

    Emefiele cited a drop in oil prices, two recessions, and the COVID-19 pandemic as a combination of economic challenges that decimated the revenues of the government.

    He also stated that what they did is not new claiming other central banks around the world do similar intervention when faced with an economic crisis.

    Credit: https://guardian.ng/news/old-naira-notes-cbn-insists-on-jan-31-deadline-shuns-calls-for-extension/

  •  A new disease called diphtheria has surfaced in some parts of Nigeria and it is lethal Last week Aminu Tsanyawa the Kano commissioner for health said 25 confirmed death cases mostly children of diphtheria were recorded in the state The disease is gradually spreading across the country raising concerns among health officials and Nigerians According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention NCDC Kano recorded the first suspected cases Lagos has also registered confirmed cases while probable cases in Yobe and Osun states are under observation Though the NCDC said it is working with state ministries of health and partners to enhance surveillance and response to the outbreak it also warned that the infection is contagious and most cases have been laboratory confirmed Unlike COVID 19 awareness rate many Nigerians have no idea what this new infection is about what the symptoms are whether it is deadly transmissible or preventable These and more will be looked into in this explainer What is diphtheria and its possible symptoms The NCDC defined diphtheria as a serious bacterial infection caused by a bacterium called corynebacterium species that affects the nose throat and sometimes skin of an individual Corynebacterium is a genus of gram positive bacteria and the disease comes in two types respiratory and cutaneous When an individual is infected with respiratory diphtheria a sore throat with low grade fever will surface and the membrane attached to the tonsils pharynx or nose will be affected Simply put the disease is capable of infecting the breathing organs of its victim However each kind of diphtheria after it has reached a severe level can be identified through its symptoms Respiratory diphtheria in severe cases can lead to neck swelling serious breathing problems blood disorders paralysis coma and even death But in the case of cutaneous diphtheria which is considered a rare kind of disease it affects the skin and can cause wounds which may become swollen reddened and painful Is diphtheria a new disease According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC the bacterium was discovered by Edwin Klebs in 1883 when the disease was considered one of the most dreadful infections in the world It was said to have caused an overwhelming epidemic that majorly affected children Diphtheria started in ancient Egypt and Greece when vaccines were unavailable and one in every ten children under the age of five was said to have died from the disease until possible treatment surfaced in the 1920s The NCDC said people living in a crowded condition unhygienic environment including children and adults who have not received any or a single dose of the pentavalent vaccine a diphtheria toxoid containing vaccine are capable of transmitting the infection It added that healthcare workers who are exposed to suspected or confirmed cases are also carrier agents of the disease Diphtheria is transmissible during direct contact with infected people contaminated clothing objects or even coughing and sneezing from a disease ridden person can get an individual infected How soon do symptoms appear A person who has been infected with diphtheria and left untreated can be contagious for up to four weeks But how long will it take an infected person to realise he she has been infected with diphtheria As you watch out for signs such as fever runny nose sore throat cough red eyes and neck swelling it is important to know that the symptoms will start appearing from 2 10 days after you got exposed to the bacteria In case an individual notice these signs and wants to ignore them it is important to note that untreated diphtheria has severe complications It requires immediate medical attention as delay in treatment can lead to death Is there a cure for diphtheria and how can it be prevented Diphtheria is curable if an infected person is quickly diagnosed and treated To curtail the infection the Nigeria childhood immunisation schedule recommends three 3 doses of pentavalent vaccine diphtheria toxoid containing vaccine for children in the 6th 10th and 14th week of life The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC said diphtheria antitoxin can be used to stop the bacteria from harming the body According to CDC this treatment is very important for respiratory diphtheria infections but it is seldom used for diphtheria skin infections It added that the antibiotics are effective for killing the bacteria in the respiratory system the skin and other parts of the body including the eyes and blood Parents should ensure that their children are fully vaccinated against diphtheria with three 3 doses of the pentavalent vaccine as recommended in the childhood immunisation schedule Healthcare workers should maintain a high index of suspicion for diphtheria i e be vigilant and look out for symptoms of diphtheria the NCDC said Individuals with signs and symptoms suggestive of diphtheria should isolate themselves and notify the local government area LGA state disease surveillance officer DSNO or the NCDC through our toll free line 6232 Close contacts with a confirmed case of diphtheria should be closely monitored given antibiotics prophylaxis and started on diphtheria antitoxin treatment when indicated What are the best ways to curb diphtheria outbreak The NCDC as of January 23 recorded a total of 34 death cases of diphtheria According to WHO recommendation increased awareness and improved vaccination coverage can help in ending the disease outbreak Health care workers in endemic settings and outbreaks may be at greater risk of diphtheria than the general population Therefore special attention should be paid to immunising health care workers who may have occupational exposure to C diphtheriae WHO said in its 2017 epidemiological report All health care workers should be up to date with immunisation as recommended in their national immunisation schedules Credit https www thecable ng explainer what to know about diphtheria the disease ravaging states
    What to know about diphtheria — the disease ravaging states
     A new disease called diphtheria has surfaced in some parts of Nigeria and it is lethal Last week Aminu Tsanyawa the Kano commissioner for health said 25 confirmed death cases mostly children of diphtheria were recorded in the state The disease is gradually spreading across the country raising concerns among health officials and Nigerians According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention NCDC Kano recorded the first suspected cases Lagos has also registered confirmed cases while probable cases in Yobe and Osun states are under observation Though the NCDC said it is working with state ministries of health and partners to enhance surveillance and response to the outbreak it also warned that the infection is contagious and most cases have been laboratory confirmed Unlike COVID 19 awareness rate many Nigerians have no idea what this new infection is about what the symptoms are whether it is deadly transmissible or preventable These and more will be looked into in this explainer What is diphtheria and its possible symptoms The NCDC defined diphtheria as a serious bacterial infection caused by a bacterium called corynebacterium species that affects the nose throat and sometimes skin of an individual Corynebacterium is a genus of gram positive bacteria and the disease comes in two types respiratory and cutaneous When an individual is infected with respiratory diphtheria a sore throat with low grade fever will surface and the membrane attached to the tonsils pharynx or nose will be affected Simply put the disease is capable of infecting the breathing organs of its victim However each kind of diphtheria after it has reached a severe level can be identified through its symptoms Respiratory diphtheria in severe cases can lead to neck swelling serious breathing problems blood disorders paralysis coma and even death But in the case of cutaneous diphtheria which is considered a rare kind of disease it affects the skin and can cause wounds which may become swollen reddened and painful Is diphtheria a new disease According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC the bacterium was discovered by Edwin Klebs in 1883 when the disease was considered one of the most dreadful infections in the world It was said to have caused an overwhelming epidemic that majorly affected children Diphtheria started in ancient Egypt and Greece when vaccines were unavailable and one in every ten children under the age of five was said to have died from the disease until possible treatment surfaced in the 1920s The NCDC said people living in a crowded condition unhygienic environment including children and adults who have not received any or a single dose of the pentavalent vaccine a diphtheria toxoid containing vaccine are capable of transmitting the infection It added that healthcare workers who are exposed to suspected or confirmed cases are also carrier agents of the disease Diphtheria is transmissible during direct contact with infected people contaminated clothing objects or even coughing and sneezing from a disease ridden person can get an individual infected How soon do symptoms appear A person who has been infected with diphtheria and left untreated can be contagious for up to four weeks But how long will it take an infected person to realise he she has been infected with diphtheria As you watch out for signs such as fever runny nose sore throat cough red eyes and neck swelling it is important to know that the symptoms will start appearing from 2 10 days after you got exposed to the bacteria In case an individual notice these signs and wants to ignore them it is important to note that untreated diphtheria has severe complications It requires immediate medical attention as delay in treatment can lead to death Is there a cure for diphtheria and how can it be prevented Diphtheria is curable if an infected person is quickly diagnosed and treated To curtail the infection the Nigeria childhood immunisation schedule recommends three 3 doses of pentavalent vaccine diphtheria toxoid containing vaccine for children in the 6th 10th and 14th week of life The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC said diphtheria antitoxin can be used to stop the bacteria from harming the body According to CDC this treatment is very important for respiratory diphtheria infections but it is seldom used for diphtheria skin infections It added that the antibiotics are effective for killing the bacteria in the respiratory system the skin and other parts of the body including the eyes and blood Parents should ensure that their children are fully vaccinated against diphtheria with three 3 doses of the pentavalent vaccine as recommended in the childhood immunisation schedule Healthcare workers should maintain a high index of suspicion for diphtheria i e be vigilant and look out for symptoms of diphtheria the NCDC said Individuals with signs and symptoms suggestive of diphtheria should isolate themselves and notify the local government area LGA state disease surveillance officer DSNO or the NCDC through our toll free line 6232 Close contacts with a confirmed case of diphtheria should be closely monitored given antibiotics prophylaxis and started on diphtheria antitoxin treatment when indicated What are the best ways to curb diphtheria outbreak The NCDC as of January 23 recorded a total of 34 death cases of diphtheria According to WHO recommendation increased awareness and improved vaccination coverage can help in ending the disease outbreak Health care workers in endemic settings and outbreaks may be at greater risk of diphtheria than the general population Therefore special attention should be paid to immunising health care workers who may have occupational exposure to C diphtheriae WHO said in its 2017 epidemiological report All health care workers should be up to date with immunisation as recommended in their national immunisation schedules Credit https www thecable ng explainer what to know about diphtheria the disease ravaging states
    What to know about diphtheria — the disease ravaging states
    General news6 days ago

    What to know about diphtheria — the disease ravaging states

    A new disease called diphtheria has surfaced in some parts of Nigeria and it is lethal.

    Last week, Aminu Tsanyawa, the Kano commissioner for health, said 25 confirmed death cases, mostly children, of diphtheria were recorded in the state.

    The disease is gradually spreading across the country, raising concerns among health officials and Nigerians.

    According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), Kano recorded the first suspected cases; Lagos has also registered confirmed cases, while probable cases in Yobe and Osun states are under observation.

    Though the NCDC said it is working with state ministries of health and partners to enhance surveillance and response to the outbreak, it also warned that the infection is contagious and most cases have been laboratory confirmed.

    Unlike COVID-19 awareness rate, many Nigerians have no idea what this new infection is about, what the symptoms are, whether it is deadly, transmissible or preventable. These and more will be looked into in this explainer.

    What is diphtheria and its possible symptoms?

    The NCDC defined diphtheria as a serious bacterial infection caused by a bacterium called corynebacterium species that affects the nose, throat and sometimes skin of an individual.

    Corynebacterium is a genus of gram-positive bacteria and the disease comes in two types – respiratory and cutaneous.

    When an individual is infected with respiratory diphtheria, a sore throat with low-grade fever will surface and the membrane attached to the tonsils, pharynx, or nose will be affected. Simply put, the disease is capable of infecting the breathing organs of its victim.

    However, each kind of diphtheria, after it has reached a severe level, can be identified through its symptoms.

    Respiratory diphtheria, in severe cases, can lead to neck swelling, serious breathing problems, blood disorders, paralysis, coma and even death.

    But in the case of cutaneous diphtheria, which is considered a rare kind of disease, it affects the skin and can cause wounds which may become swollen, reddened and painful.

    Is diphtheria a new disease?

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the bacterium was discovered by Edwin Klebs in 1883 when the disease was considered one of the most dreadful infections in the world.

    It was said to have caused an overwhelming epidemic that majorly affected children.

    Diphtheria started in ancient Egypt and Greece when vaccines were unavailable, and one in every ten children under the age of five was said to have died from the disease until possible treatment surfaced in the 1920s.

    The NCDC said people living in a crowded condition, unhygienic environment, including children, and adults who have not received any or a single dose of the pentavalent vaccine (a diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine) are capable of transmitting the infection.

    It added that healthcare workers who are exposed to suspected or confirmed cases are also carrier agents of the disease.

    Diphtheria is transmissible during direct contact with infected people, contaminated clothing, objects or even coughing and sneezing from a disease-ridden person can get an individual infected.

    How soon do symptoms appear?

    A person who has been infected with diphtheria and left untreated can be contagious for up to four weeks. But how long will it take an infected person to realise he/she has been infected with diphtheria?

    As you watch out for signs such as fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, red eyes, and neck swelling, it is important to know that the symptoms will start appearing from 2-10 days after you got exposed to the bacteria.

    In case an individual notice these signs and wants to ignore them, it is important to note that untreated diphtheria has severe complications. It requires immediate medical attention as delay in treatment can lead to death.

    Is there a cure for diphtheria –- and how can it be prevented?

    Diphtheria is curable if an infected person is quickly diagnosed and treated. To curtail the infection, the Nigeria childhood immunisation schedule recommends three (3) doses of pentavalent vaccine (diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine) for children in the 6th, 10th and 14th week of life.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said diphtheria antitoxin can be used to stop the bacteria from harming the body.

    According to CDC, “this treatment is very important for respiratory diphtheria infections, but it is seldom used for diphtheria skin infections”.

    It added that the antibiotics are effective for killing the bacteria in the respiratory system, the skin and other parts of the body including the eyes and blood.

    “Parents should ensure that their children are fully vaccinated against diphtheria with three (3) doses of the pentavalent vaccine as recommended in the childhood immunisation schedule. Healthcare workers should maintain a high index of suspicion for diphtheria i.e., be vigilant and look out for symptoms of diphtheria,” the NCDC said.

    “Individuals with signs and symptoms suggestive of diphtheria should isolate themselves and notify the local government area (LGA), state disease surveillance officer (DSNO) or the NCDC through our toll-free line (6232).

    “Close contacts with a confirmed case of diphtheria should be closely monitored, given antibiotics prophylaxis and started on diphtheria antitoxin treatment when indicated.

    What are the best ways to curb diphtheria outbreak?

    The NCDC, as of January 23, recorded a total of 34 death cases of diphtheria. According to WHO recommendation, increased awareness and improved vaccination coverage can help in ending the disease outbreak.

    “Health-care workers in endemic settings and outbreaks may be at greater risk of diphtheria than the general population. Therefore, special attention should be paid to immunising health-care workers who may have occupational exposure to C. diphtheriae,” WHO said in its 2017 epidemiological report.

    “All health-care workers should be up to date with immunisation as recommended in their national immunisation schedules.

    Credit: https://www.thecable.ng/explainer-what-to-know-about-diphtheria-the-disease-ravaging-states

  •  Osun State Government on Monday confirmed the first case of diphtheria disease in the state The case was recorded in the Ilesa East Local Government area of the state A middle aged man whose identity could not be ascertained was discovered to have contracted the disease and is currently isolated at an undisclosed hospital The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC had earlier said it was monitoring the situation of diphtheria in Yobe and Osun States where it was picked up Olawale Rasheed spokesperson to the state governor confirmed the presence of the diphtheria disease in the state Mr Rasheed said the victim had been isolated and placed on treatment The governor s spokesperson said the government had also begun contract tracing and searching for others who might have been infected with the disease in other locations across the state He said the state government has also begun sensitisation programmes for residents on how to prevent the disease The governor s spokesperson added that the government was training health workers on how to treat diphtheria disease distributing preventive materials to hospitals and sensitising residents of the state through radio jingles and other programmes He said the government was also carrying out Production and distribution of IEC materials Training of Health workers on case definitions and Infection Prevention and Control of Diphtheria Production and airing of jingle on prevention and Training of Health workers on sample collection of Diphtheria he added Mr Rasheed advised parents to ensure their children are fully vaccinated Diphtheria is a vaccine preventable disease therefore all parents and guidance to ensure their wards are fully vaccinated he advised Credit https www premiumtimesng com regional ssouth west 577385 osun records first confirmed case of diphtheria disease html
    Osun records first confirmed case of diphtheria disease
     Osun State Government on Monday confirmed the first case of diphtheria disease in the state The case was recorded in the Ilesa East Local Government area of the state A middle aged man whose identity could not be ascertained was discovered to have contracted the disease and is currently isolated at an undisclosed hospital The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC had earlier said it was monitoring the situation of diphtheria in Yobe and Osun States where it was picked up Olawale Rasheed spokesperson to the state governor confirmed the presence of the diphtheria disease in the state Mr Rasheed said the victim had been isolated and placed on treatment The governor s spokesperson said the government had also begun contract tracing and searching for others who might have been infected with the disease in other locations across the state He said the state government has also begun sensitisation programmes for residents on how to prevent the disease The governor s spokesperson added that the government was training health workers on how to treat diphtheria disease distributing preventive materials to hospitals and sensitising residents of the state through radio jingles and other programmes He said the government was also carrying out Production and distribution of IEC materials Training of Health workers on case definitions and Infection Prevention and Control of Diphtheria Production and airing of jingle on prevention and Training of Health workers on sample collection of Diphtheria he added Mr Rasheed advised parents to ensure their children are fully vaccinated Diphtheria is a vaccine preventable disease therefore all parents and guidance to ensure their wards are fully vaccinated he advised Credit https www premiumtimesng com regional ssouth west 577385 osun records first confirmed case of diphtheria disease html
    Osun records first confirmed case of diphtheria disease
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    Osun records first confirmed case of diphtheria disease

    Osun State Government on Monday confirmed the first case of diphtheria disease in the state.

    The case was recorded in the Ilesa East Local Government area of the state.

    A middle-aged man whose identity could not be ascertained was discovered to have contracted the disease and is currently isolated at an undisclosed hospital.

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had earlier said it was monitoring the situation of diphtheria in Yobe and Osun States where it was picked up.

    Olawale Rasheed, spokesperson to the state governor, confirmed the presence of the diphtheria disease in the state.

    Mr Rasheed said the victim had been isolated and placed on treatment.

    The governor’s spokesperson said the government had also begun contract tracing and searching for others who might have been infected with the disease in other locations across the state.

    He said the state government has also begun sensitisation programmes for residents on how to prevent the disease.

    The governor’s spokesperson added that the government was training health workers on how to treat diphtheria disease, distributing preventive materials to hospitals and sensitising residents of the state through radio jingles and other programmes.

    He said the government was also carrying out: “Production and distribution of IEC materials. Training of Health workers on case definitions and Infection Prevention and Control of Diphtheria. Production and airing of jingle on prevention and Training of Health workers on sample collection of Diphtheria,” he added.

    Mr Rasheed advised parents to ensure their children are fully vaccinated.

    “Diphtheria is a vaccine-preventable disease therefore, all parents and guidance to ensure their wards are fully vaccinated,” he advised.

    Credit: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/regional/ssouth-west/577385-osun-records-first-confirmed-case-of-diphtheria-disease.html

  •  The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention NCDC has placed Nigerians on alert following response to reports of diphtheria cases in Lagos and Kano states This was contained in a public health advisory signed yesterday by the NCDC Director General Dr Ifedayo Adetifa Adetifa said that the centre was also monitoring the situation in Osun and Yobe He also urged healthcare workers to maintain a high index of suspicion for diphtheria by being vigilant and looking out for symptoms of the infection The centre further urged Nigerians to ensure that their wards were fully vaccinated against diphtheria with three doses of the pentavalent vaccine as recommended in the country s childhood immunisation schedule He said Kano State has 78 suspected cases of the highly contagious bacterial infection in 14 local councilsof the state The state government said that 27 samples had been taken to the laboratory out of which eight were confirmed positive and three deaths were registered in the state Meanwhile the National Biosafety Management Agency has advised Nigerians to take precautionary measures to prevent and stop the infection in the country Ebegba advised Nigerians to adhere strictly to the public health safety measures and report likely cases of signs and symptoms to nearest health facilities Adetifa said that diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection caused by the bacterium called Corynebacterium species that affect the nose throat and sometimes skin of an individual He said that the agency was also monitoring the situation in Osun and Yobe states where cases were now being picked up Data from the Kano State Ministry of Health revealed that the diphtheria outbreak has so far killed 25 people with 58 suspected cases and six persons on admission he said The NCDC boss said in addition to clinically suspected cases there have been laboratory confirmed cases and the NCDC is working with state ministries of health and partners to enhance surveillance and response to the outbreak He said people most at risk of contracting diphtheria are children and adults who have not received any or a single dose of the pentavalent vaccine a diphtheria toxoid containing vaccine Others he said are people who live in a crowded environment people who live in areas with poor sanitation and healthcare workers and others who are exposed to suspected confirmed cases of diphtheria The NCDC director general said that diphtheria spreads easily between people through direct contact with infected people droplets from coughing or sneezing and contact with contaminated clothing and objects Individuals with signs and symptoms suggestive of diphtheria were also advised to isolate themselves and notify the local council state disease surveillance officer DSNO or the NCDC Source Credit https guardian ng news diphtheria ncdc places nigerians on alert
    NCDC places Nigerians on alert
     The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention NCDC has placed Nigerians on alert following response to reports of diphtheria cases in Lagos and Kano states This was contained in a public health advisory signed yesterday by the NCDC Director General Dr Ifedayo Adetifa Adetifa said that the centre was also monitoring the situation in Osun and Yobe He also urged healthcare workers to maintain a high index of suspicion for diphtheria by being vigilant and looking out for symptoms of the infection The centre further urged Nigerians to ensure that their wards were fully vaccinated against diphtheria with three doses of the pentavalent vaccine as recommended in the country s childhood immunisation schedule He said Kano State has 78 suspected cases of the highly contagious bacterial infection in 14 local councilsof the state The state government said that 27 samples had been taken to the laboratory out of which eight were confirmed positive and three deaths were registered in the state Meanwhile the National Biosafety Management Agency has advised Nigerians to take precautionary measures to prevent and stop the infection in the country Ebegba advised Nigerians to adhere strictly to the public health safety measures and report likely cases of signs and symptoms to nearest health facilities Adetifa said that diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection caused by the bacterium called Corynebacterium species that affect the nose throat and sometimes skin of an individual He said that the agency was also monitoring the situation in Osun and Yobe states where cases were now being picked up Data from the Kano State Ministry of Health revealed that the diphtheria outbreak has so far killed 25 people with 58 suspected cases and six persons on admission he said The NCDC boss said in addition to clinically suspected cases there have been laboratory confirmed cases and the NCDC is working with state ministries of health and partners to enhance surveillance and response to the outbreak He said people most at risk of contracting diphtheria are children and adults who have not received any or a single dose of the pentavalent vaccine a diphtheria toxoid containing vaccine Others he said are people who live in a crowded environment people who live in areas with poor sanitation and healthcare workers and others who are exposed to suspected confirmed cases of diphtheria The NCDC director general said that diphtheria spreads easily between people through direct contact with infected people droplets from coughing or sneezing and contact with contaminated clothing and objects Individuals with signs and symptoms suggestive of diphtheria were also advised to isolate themselves and notify the local council state disease surveillance officer DSNO or the NCDC Source Credit https guardian ng news diphtheria ncdc places nigerians on alert
    NCDC places Nigerians on alert
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    NCDC places Nigerians on alert

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has placed Nigerians on alert, following response to reports of diphtheria cases in Lagos and Kano states.

    This was contained in a public health advisory signed, yesterday, by the NCDC Director -General, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa. Adetifa said that the centre was also monitoring the situation in Osun and Yobe.

    He also urged healthcare workers to maintain a high index of suspicion for diphtheria by being vigilant and looking out for symptoms of the infection.

    The centre further urged Nigerians to ensure that their wards were fully vaccinated against diphtheria with three doses of the pentavalent vaccine as recommended in the country’s childhood immunisation schedule. He said Kano State has 78 suspected cases of the highly contagious bacterial infection in 14 local councilsof the state.

    The state government said that 27 samples had been taken to the laboratory out of which eight were confirmed positive and three deaths were registered in the state.

    Meanwhile, the National Biosafety Management Agency has advised Nigerians to take precautionary measures to prevent and stop the infection in the country.

    Ebegba advised Nigerians to adhere strictly to the public health safety measures and report likely cases of signs and symptoms to nearest health facilities.     Adetifa said that “diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection caused by the bacterium called Corynebacterium species that affect the nose, throat and sometimes, skin of an individual. He said that the agency was also monitoring the situation in Osun and Yobe states where cases were now being picked up.

    “Data from the Kano State Ministry of Health revealed that the diphtheria outbreak has so far killed 25 people with 58 suspected cases and six persons on admission,” he said.

    The NCDC boss said in addition to clinically suspected cases, there have been laboratory-confirmed cases, and the NCDC is working with state ministries of health and partners to enhance surveillance and response to the outbreak.

    He said people most at risk of contracting diphtheria are: children and adults, who have not received any or a single dose of the pentavalent vaccine (a diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine).

    Others, he said, are people who live in a crowded environment, people who live in areas with poor sanitation and healthcare workers and others who are exposed to suspected/confirmed cases of diphtheria.

    The NCDC director-general said that “diphtheria spreads easily between people through direct contact with infected people, droplets from coughing or sneezing, and contact with contaminated clothing and objects.

    “Individuals with signs and symptoms suggestive of diphtheria were also advised to isolate themselves and notify the local council, state disease surveillance officer (DSNO) or the NCDC.

    Source Credit: https://guardian.ng/news/diphtheria-ncdc-places-nigerians-on-alert/

  •   Businessday Ng The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC has asked healthcare workers to maintain a high index of suspicion for diphtheria and look out for symptoms in the country Diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection caused by the bacterium called Corynebacterium species that affects the nose throat and sometimes skin of an individual NCDC says it has responded to reports of cases in Lagos and Kano states and is monitoring the situation in Osun and Yobe States where cases are now being picked up In addition to clinically suspected cases the Centre in a statement signed by Ifedayo Adetifa its director general on Friday said there have been laboratory confirmed cases and it is working with state ministries of health and partners to enhance surveillance and respond to the outbreak The NCDC also advised parents to ensure that their children are fully vaccinated against diphtheria with three doses of the pentavalent vaccine as recommended in the childhood immunisation schedule Individuals with signs and symptoms suggestive of diphtheria should isolate themselves and notify the local government area LGA state disease surveillance officer DSNO or the NCDC through our toll free line 6232 Close contacts with a confirmed case of diphtheria should be closely monitored given antibiotics prophylaxis and started on diphtheria antitoxin treatment when indicated All healthcare workers with higher exposure to cases of diphtheria should be vaccinated against diphtheria the statement added According to NCDC people most at risk of contracting diphtheria include children and adults who have not received any or a single dose of the pentavalent vaccine a diphtheria toxoid containing vaccine people who live in a crowded environment people who live in areas with poor sanitation The centre informed that diphtheria spreads easily between people through direct contact with infected people droplets from coughing or sneezing contact with contaminated clothing and objects FG approves N2 3bn for local assemblage of Magnus training aircraft New naira notes CBN takes campaign to Nasarawa How global recession will impact Nigeria in 2023 Rewane Lagos enrolls over 720 000 residents on health insurance scheme latest news FG approves N2 3bn for local assemblage of Magnus training aircraft New naira notes CBN takes campaign to Nasarawa How global recession will impact Nigeria in 2023 Rewane Lagos enrolls over 720 000 residents on health insurance scheme Odu a shuts Premier Hotel sacks staff Source Credit https businessday ng news article ncdc places health workers on high alert over diphtheria outbreak
    NCDC places health workers on high alert over diphtheria outbreak
      Businessday Ng The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC has asked healthcare workers to maintain a high index of suspicion for diphtheria and look out for symptoms in the country Diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection caused by the bacterium called Corynebacterium species that affects the nose throat and sometimes skin of an individual NCDC says it has responded to reports of cases in Lagos and Kano states and is monitoring the situation in Osun and Yobe States where cases are now being picked up In addition to clinically suspected cases the Centre in a statement signed by Ifedayo Adetifa its director general on Friday said there have been laboratory confirmed cases and it is working with state ministries of health and partners to enhance surveillance and respond to the outbreak The NCDC also advised parents to ensure that their children are fully vaccinated against diphtheria with three doses of the pentavalent vaccine as recommended in the childhood immunisation schedule Individuals with signs and symptoms suggestive of diphtheria should isolate themselves and notify the local government area LGA state disease surveillance officer DSNO or the NCDC through our toll free line 6232 Close contacts with a confirmed case of diphtheria should be closely monitored given antibiotics prophylaxis and started on diphtheria antitoxin treatment when indicated All healthcare workers with higher exposure to cases of diphtheria should be vaccinated against diphtheria the statement added According to NCDC people most at risk of contracting diphtheria include children and adults who have not received any or a single dose of the pentavalent vaccine a diphtheria toxoid containing vaccine people who live in a crowded environment people who live in areas with poor sanitation The centre informed that diphtheria spreads easily between people through direct contact with infected people droplets from coughing or sneezing contact with contaminated clothing and objects FG approves N2 3bn for local assemblage of Magnus training aircraft New naira notes CBN takes campaign to Nasarawa How global recession will impact Nigeria in 2023 Rewane Lagos enrolls over 720 000 residents on health insurance scheme latest news FG approves N2 3bn for local assemblage of Magnus training aircraft New naira notes CBN takes campaign to Nasarawa How global recession will impact Nigeria in 2023 Rewane Lagos enrolls over 720 000 residents on health insurance scheme Odu a shuts Premier Hotel sacks staff Source Credit https businessday ng news article ncdc places health workers on high alert over diphtheria outbreak
    NCDC places health workers on high alert over diphtheria outbreak
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    NCDC places health workers on high alert over diphtheria outbreak

    Businessday Ng -

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has asked healthcare workers to maintain a high index of suspicion for diphtheria and look out for symptoms in the country.

    Diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection caused by the bacterium called Corynebacterium species that affects the nose, throat and sometimes, skin of an individual.

    NCDC says it has responded to reports of cases in Lagos and Kano states and is monitoring the situation in Osun and Yobe States where cases are now being picked up.

    In addition to clinically suspected cases, the Centre in a statement signed by Ifedayo Adetifa, its director general on Friday, said there have been laboratory-confirmed cases and it is working with state ministries of health and partners to enhance surveillance and respond to the outbreak.

    The NCDC also advised parents to ensure that their children are fully vaccinated against diphtheria with three doses of the pentavalent vaccine as recommended in the childhood immunisation schedule.

    “Individuals with signs and symptoms suggestive of diphtheria should isolate themselves and notify the local government area (LGA), state disease surveillance officer (DSNO) or the NCDC through our toll-free line (6232).

    “Close contacts with a confirmed case of diphtheria should be closely monitored given antibiotics prophylaxis and started on diphtheria antitoxin treatment when indicated. All healthcare workers with higher exposure to cases of diphtheria should be vaccinated against diphtheria,” the statement added.

    According to NCDC, people most at risk of contracting diphtheria include: children and adults who have not received any or a single dose of the pentavalent vaccine (a diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine); people who live in a crowded environment; people who live in areas with poor sanitation.

    The centre informed that diphtheria spreads easily between people through direct contact with infected people, droplets from coughing or sneezing, contact with contaminated clothing and objects.

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  •  The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC says it is monitoring and responding to cases of diphtheria in some states TheCable had reported that at least 25 persons mostly children have died as a result of the diphtheria disease outbreak in Kano Diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection caused by the bacterium called Corynebacterium species that affects the nose throat and sometimes skin of an individual Some symptoms of diphtheria include fever runny nose sore throat cough red eyes neck swelling and difficulty breathing Diphtheria spreads easily between people through direct contact with infected people droplets from coughing or sneezing and contact with contaminated clothing and objects In a public health advisory on Friday NCDC said it has responded to reports of diphtheria cases in Lagos and Kano states The centre said it was also monitoring the situation in Osun and Yobe states where cases are now being picked up In addition to clinically suspected cases there have been laboratory confirmed cases and the NCDC is working with state ministries of health and partners to enhance surveillance and response to the outbreak the advisory reads This includes keeping the public informed on staying safe at home and in their communities The NCDC said as a preventive measure parents should ensure children receive three doses of pentavalent vaccine diphtheria toxoid containing vaccine in their 6th 10th and 14th week of life Healthcare workers should maintain a high index of suspicion for diphtheria i e be vigilant and look out for symptoms of diphtheria the advisory adds Individuals with signs and symptoms suggestive of diphtheria should isolate themselves and notify the local government area LGA state disease surveillance officer DSNO or the NCDC through our toll free line 6232 Close contacts with a confirmed case of diphtheria should be closely monitored given antibiotics prophylaxis and start on diphtheria antitoxin treatment when indicated All healthcare workers doctors nurses laboratory scientists support staff etc with higher exposure to cases of diphtheria should be vaccinated against diphtheria Source Credit https www thecable ng were responding to diphtheria outbreak in some states says ncdc
    NCDC: Diphtheria cases recorded in Kano, Lagos, Osun, Yobe
     The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC says it is monitoring and responding to cases of diphtheria in some states TheCable had reported that at least 25 persons mostly children have died as a result of the diphtheria disease outbreak in Kano Diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection caused by the bacterium called Corynebacterium species that affects the nose throat and sometimes skin of an individual Some symptoms of diphtheria include fever runny nose sore throat cough red eyes neck swelling and difficulty breathing Diphtheria spreads easily between people through direct contact with infected people droplets from coughing or sneezing and contact with contaminated clothing and objects In a public health advisory on Friday NCDC said it has responded to reports of diphtheria cases in Lagos and Kano states The centre said it was also monitoring the situation in Osun and Yobe states where cases are now being picked up In addition to clinically suspected cases there have been laboratory confirmed cases and the NCDC is working with state ministries of health and partners to enhance surveillance and response to the outbreak the advisory reads This includes keeping the public informed on staying safe at home and in their communities The NCDC said as a preventive measure parents should ensure children receive three doses of pentavalent vaccine diphtheria toxoid containing vaccine in their 6th 10th and 14th week of life Healthcare workers should maintain a high index of suspicion for diphtheria i e be vigilant and look out for symptoms of diphtheria the advisory adds Individuals with signs and symptoms suggestive of diphtheria should isolate themselves and notify the local government area LGA state disease surveillance officer DSNO or the NCDC through our toll free line 6232 Close contacts with a confirmed case of diphtheria should be closely monitored given antibiotics prophylaxis and start on diphtheria antitoxin treatment when indicated All healthcare workers doctors nurses laboratory scientists support staff etc with higher exposure to cases of diphtheria should be vaccinated against diphtheria Source Credit https www thecable ng were responding to diphtheria outbreak in some states says ncdc
    NCDC: Diphtheria cases recorded in Kano, Lagos, Osun, Yobe
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    NCDC: Diphtheria cases recorded in Kano, Lagos, Osun, Yobe

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it is monitoring and responding to cases of diphtheria in some states. TheCable had reported that at least 25 persons — mostly children — have died as a result of the diphtheria disease outbreak in Kano. Diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection caused by the bacterium called Corynebacterium species that affects the nose, throat, and sometimes, skin of an individual. Some symptoms of diphtheria include fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, red eyes, neck swelling, and difficulty breathing. Diphtheria spreads easily between people through direct contact with infected people, droplets from coughing or sneezing, and contact with contaminated clothing and objects. In a public health advisory on Friday, NCDC said it has responded to reports of diphtheria cases in Lagos and Kano states. The centre said it was also “monitoring the situation” in Osun and Yobe states where cases are now being picked up. “In addition to clinically suspected cases, there have been laboratory-confirmed cases and the NCDC is working with state ministries of health and partners to enhance surveillance and response to the outbreak,” the advisory reads. “This includes keeping the public informed on staying safe at home and in their communities. The NCDC said as a preventive measure, parents should ensure children receive three doses of pentavalent vaccine (diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine) in their 6th, 10th, and 14th week of life. “Healthcare workers should maintain a high index of suspicion for diphtheria i.e., be vigilant and look out for symptoms of diphtheria,” the advisory adds. “Individuals with signs and symptoms suggestive of diphtheria should isolate themselves and notify the local government area (LGA), state disease surveillance officer (DSNO), or the NCDC through our toll-free line (6232). “Close contacts with a confirmed case of diphtheria should be closely monitored, given antibiotics prophylaxis, and start on diphtheria antitoxin treatment when indicated. “All healthcare workers (doctors, nurses, laboratory scientists, support staff, etc.) with higher exposure to cases of diphtheria should be vaccinated against diphtheria. Source Credit: https://www.thecable.ng/were-responding-to-diphtheria-outbreak-in-some-states-says-ncdc

  •   The All Progressives Congress APC presidential campaign council says President Muhammadu Buhari will attend 10 rallies of Bola Tinubu the ruling party s standard bearer The president was present when Tinubu kicked off his campaign with a rally in Jos the Plateau state capital in November 2022 In a statement issued on Friday Festus Keyamo spokesman for APC s campaign council said Buhari has provided excellent and inspiring leadership for APC He listed the states where the president is expected to join the campaign bandwagon as Lagos Adamawa Cross River Katsina Imo Yobe Kwara Katsina Ogun and Nasarawa In the latest campaign schedule released yesterday January 5 2023 the president is billed to join the campaign train in at least ten states the statement read The states are Adamawa State on January 9 Yobe State on January 10 Sokoto state on January 16 Kwara state on January 17 Ogun state on January 25 Cross River State on January 30 Nasarawa state on February 4 Katsina state on February 6 Imo State on February 14 and the Grand Final in Lagos State on February 18 The CCP expresses its deep gratitude to Chairman Buhari the leader of our great Party for his excellent and inspiring leadership at this time and for galvanizing our many members and supporters across the country We urge our party faithful and supporters to turn out en masse as usual at upcoming campaign rallies Zero hour is near our spirits must be elevated we must not relent in this our collective march towards our divinely ordained victory The president had recently said that he is committed to the campaign of the APC standard bearer and all party members running for elective office Credit https www thecable ng lagos adamawa imo buhari to campaign for tinubu in 10 states
    Lagos, Adamawa, Imo… Buhari will campaign for Tinubu in 10 states
      The All Progressives Congress APC presidential campaign council says President Muhammadu Buhari will attend 10 rallies of Bola Tinubu the ruling party s standard bearer The president was present when Tinubu kicked off his campaign with a rally in Jos the Plateau state capital in November 2022 In a statement issued on Friday Festus Keyamo spokesman for APC s campaign council said Buhari has provided excellent and inspiring leadership for APC He listed the states where the president is expected to join the campaign bandwagon as Lagos Adamawa Cross River Katsina Imo Yobe Kwara Katsina Ogun and Nasarawa In the latest campaign schedule released yesterday January 5 2023 the president is billed to join the campaign train in at least ten states the statement read The states are Adamawa State on January 9 Yobe State on January 10 Sokoto state on January 16 Kwara state on January 17 Ogun state on January 25 Cross River State on January 30 Nasarawa state on February 4 Katsina state on February 6 Imo State on February 14 and the Grand Final in Lagos State on February 18 The CCP expresses its deep gratitude to Chairman Buhari the leader of our great Party for his excellent and inspiring leadership at this time and for galvanizing our many members and supporters across the country We urge our party faithful and supporters to turn out en masse as usual at upcoming campaign rallies Zero hour is near our spirits must be elevated we must not relent in this our collective march towards our divinely ordained victory The president had recently said that he is committed to the campaign of the APC standard bearer and all party members running for elective office Credit https www thecable ng lagos adamawa imo buhari to campaign for tinubu in 10 states
    Lagos, Adamawa, Imo… Buhari will campaign for Tinubu in 10 states
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    Lagos, Adamawa, Imo… Buhari will campaign for Tinubu in 10 states

    The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council says President Muhammadu Buhari will attend 10 rallies of Bola Tinubu, the ruling party's standard-bearer.

    The president was present when Tinubu kicked off his campaign with a rally in Jos, the Plateau state capital, in November 2022.

    In a statement issued on Friday, Festus Keyamo, spokesman for APC's campaign council, said Buhari has provided "excellent and inspiring leadership" for APC.

    He listed the states where the president is expected to join the campaign bandwagon as Lagos, Adamawa, Cross River, Katsina, Imo, Yobe, Kwara, Katsina, Ogun and Nasarawa.

    “In the latest campaign schedule released yesterday (January 5, 2023), the president is billed to join the campaign train in at least ten states,” the statement read.

    “The states are Adamawa State on January 9; Yobe State on January 10; Sokoto state on January 16; Kwara state on January 17; Ogun state on January 25; Cross River State on January 30; Nasarawa state on February 4; Katsina state on February 6; Imo State on February 14 and the Grand Final in Lagos State on February 18.

    “The CCP expresses its deep gratitude to Chairman Buhari, the leader of our great Party, for his excellent and inspiring leadership at this time and for galvanizing our many members and supporters across the country.

    “We urge our party faithful and supporters to turn out en masse, as usual, at upcoming campaign rallies.

    “Zero hour is near; our spirits must be elevated; we must not relent in this our collective march towards our divinely ordained victory.”

    The president had recently said that he is committed to the campaign of the APC standard bearer and all party members running for elective office.

    Credit: https://www.thecable.ng/lagos-adamawa-imo-buhari-to-campaign-for-tinubu-in-10-states

  •   The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council has released a revised campaign schedule indicating that President Muhammadu Buhari will attend the party s presidential campaign in at least ten states of the federation In a statement on Friday morning the party s campaign spokesman Festus Keyamo said Buhari would be available to wave the broom and mobilize voters in Adamawa on January 9 Yobe on January 10 Sokoto on January 16 January Kwara on January 17 and Ogun on January 25 The president Keyamo said would also be physically present at the demonstrations in Cross River on January 30 Nasarawa on February 4 Katsina on February 6 and Imo on February 14 Buhari will also take part in the APC presidential campaign grand finale in Lagos on February 18 ahead of the February 25 election the campaign spokesman said The President on November 15 2022 attended the inauguration of the APC presidential campaign in Jos the capital of Plateau State Thereafter he stayed away from campaign activities a development that sparked speculation that he had little or no involvement with the APC s Bola Tinubu Kashim Shettima presidential ticket Mr Buhari s decision to rejoin the campaign immediately sparked enthusiasm in the APC s Presidential Campaign Council PCC with Mr Keyamo describing the development as the president s demonstration of greater personal commitment to the election of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu The CCP expresses its deep gratitude to Chairman Buhari the leader of our great Party for his excellent and inspiring leadership at this time and for galvanizing our many members and supporters across the country Mr Keyamo said We urge our faithful and party supporters to turn out en masse as usual at the upcoming campaign rallies Zero hour is near our spirits must be elevated we must not relent in this collective march toward our divinely ordained victory Since 2003 when he first ran for the Nigerian presidency Mr Buhari has shown that he is a popular and influential political figure especially in the north of the country It is unclear whether his party s poor performance in delivering on election promises to the Nigerian people over the past seven years has diminished his popularity However several political experts believe that the president s presence on the APC presidential train could attract more support and voters for the Tinubu Shettima candidacy There have also been arguments that Mr Tinubu gave unreserved support to Mr Buhari and contributed significantly to his 2015 and 2019 election victories and that it should be time for the president to pay back the APC candidate in the same measure Buhari is in Abuja popular political analyst Ugo Egbujo wrote on Facebook the day Tinubu campaigned in Kano Buhari is fit and strong Buhari is not in Kano Buhari should be in Kano One good deed should deserve another Obama was everywhere for Clinton Obasanjo was everywhere for Yaradua Governors go everywhere for their successors Buhari is 80 years old but he travels all over the world Tinubu was everywhere for Fashola Tinubu was everywhere for Buhari Buhari is needed Credit https www premiumtimesng com news headlines 574227 apc rejoices as buhari agrees to campaign for tinubu in 10 states html
    APC rejoices as Buhari agrees to campaign for Tinubu in 10 states
      The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council has released a revised campaign schedule indicating that President Muhammadu Buhari will attend the party s presidential campaign in at least ten states of the federation In a statement on Friday morning the party s campaign spokesman Festus Keyamo said Buhari would be available to wave the broom and mobilize voters in Adamawa on January 9 Yobe on January 10 Sokoto on January 16 January Kwara on January 17 and Ogun on January 25 The president Keyamo said would also be physically present at the demonstrations in Cross River on January 30 Nasarawa on February 4 Katsina on February 6 and Imo on February 14 Buhari will also take part in the APC presidential campaign grand finale in Lagos on February 18 ahead of the February 25 election the campaign spokesman said The President on November 15 2022 attended the inauguration of the APC presidential campaign in Jos the capital of Plateau State Thereafter he stayed away from campaign activities a development that sparked speculation that he had little or no involvement with the APC s Bola Tinubu Kashim Shettima presidential ticket Mr Buhari s decision to rejoin the campaign immediately sparked enthusiasm in the APC s Presidential Campaign Council PCC with Mr Keyamo describing the development as the president s demonstration of greater personal commitment to the election of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu The CCP expresses its deep gratitude to Chairman Buhari the leader of our great Party for his excellent and inspiring leadership at this time and for galvanizing our many members and supporters across the country Mr Keyamo said We urge our faithful and party supporters to turn out en masse as usual at the upcoming campaign rallies Zero hour is near our spirits must be elevated we must not relent in this collective march toward our divinely ordained victory Since 2003 when he first ran for the Nigerian presidency Mr Buhari has shown that he is a popular and influential political figure especially in the north of the country It is unclear whether his party s poor performance in delivering on election promises to the Nigerian people over the past seven years has diminished his popularity However several political experts believe that the president s presence on the APC presidential train could attract more support and voters for the Tinubu Shettima candidacy There have also been arguments that Mr Tinubu gave unreserved support to Mr Buhari and contributed significantly to his 2015 and 2019 election victories and that it should be time for the president to pay back the APC candidate in the same measure Buhari is in Abuja popular political analyst Ugo Egbujo wrote on Facebook the day Tinubu campaigned in Kano Buhari is fit and strong Buhari is not in Kano Buhari should be in Kano One good deed should deserve another Obama was everywhere for Clinton Obasanjo was everywhere for Yaradua Governors go everywhere for their successors Buhari is 80 years old but he travels all over the world Tinubu was everywhere for Fashola Tinubu was everywhere for Buhari Buhari is needed Credit https www premiumtimesng com news headlines 574227 apc rejoices as buhari agrees to campaign for tinubu in 10 states html
    APC rejoices as Buhari agrees to campaign for Tinubu in 10 states
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    APC rejoices as Buhari agrees to campaign for Tinubu in 10 states

    The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council has released a revised campaign schedule indicating that President Muhammadu Buhari will attend the party's presidential campaign in at least ten states of the federation.

    In a statement on Friday morning, the party's campaign spokesman, Festus Keyamo, said Buhari would be available to wave the broom and mobilize voters in Adamawa on January 9, Yobe on January 10, Sokoto on January 16. January, Kwara on January 17 and Ogun on January 25.

    The president, Keyamo said, would also be physically present at the demonstrations in Cross River on January 30, Nasarawa on February 4, Katsina on February 6 and Imo on February 14.

    Buhari will also take part in the APC presidential campaign grand finale in Lagos on February 18 ahead of the February 25 election, the campaign spokesman said.

    The President, on November 15, 2022, attended the inauguration of the APC presidential campaign in Jos, the capital of Plateau State. Thereafter, he stayed away from campaign activities, a development that sparked speculation that he had little or no involvement with the APC's Bola Tinubu-Kashim Shettima presidential ticket.

    Mr. Buhari's decision to rejoin the campaign immediately sparked enthusiasm in the APC's Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), with Mr. Keyamo describing the development as the president's demonstration of “greater personal commitment to the election of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu”.

    “The CCP expresses its deep gratitude to Chairman Buhari, the leader of our great Party, for his excellent and inspiring leadership at this time and for galvanizing our many members and supporters across the country,” Mr. Keyamo said.

    “We urge our faithful and party supporters to turn out en masse, as usual, at the upcoming campaign rallies. Zero hour is near; our spirits must be elevated; we must not relent in this collective march toward our divinely ordained victory.”

    Since 2003, when he first ran for the Nigerian presidency, Mr. Buhari has shown that he is a popular and influential political figure, especially in the north of the country. It is unclear whether his party's poor performance in delivering on election promises to the Nigerian people over the past seven years has diminished his popularity.

    However, several political experts believe that the president's presence on the APC presidential train could attract more support and voters for the Tinubu-Shettima candidacy.

    There have also been arguments that Mr Tinubu gave unreserved support to Mr Buhari and contributed significantly to his 2015 and 2019 election victories and that it should be time for the president to pay back the APC candidate in the same measure.

    “Buhari is in Abuja,” popular political analyst Ugo Egbujo wrote on Facebook the day Tinubu campaigned in Kano. “Buhari is fit and strong. Buhari is not in Kano. Buhari should be in Kano. One good deed should deserve another. Obama was everywhere for Clinton. Obasanjo was everywhere for Yaradua.

    “Governors go everywhere for their successors. Buhari is 80 years old, but he travels all over the world. Tinubu was everywhere for Fashola. Tinubu was everywhere for Buhari. Buhari is needed."

    Credit: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/574227-apc-rejoices-as-buhari-agrees-to-campaign-for-tinubu-in-10-states.html

  •   The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council has released a revised campaign schedule indicating that President Muhammadu Buhari will attend the party s presidential campaign in at least ten states of the federation In a statement on Friday morning the party s campaign spokesman Festus Keyamo said Buhari would be available to wave the broom and mobilize voters in Adamawa on January 9 Yobe on January 10 Sokoto on January 16 January Kwara on January 17 and Ogun on January 25 The president Keyamo said would also be physically present at the demonstrations in Cross River on January 30 Nasarawa on February 4 Katsina on February 6 and Imo on February 14 Buhari will also take part in the APC presidential campaign grand finale in Lagos on February 18 ahead of the February 25 election the campaign spokesman said The President on November 15 2022 attended the inauguration of the APC presidential campaign in Jos the capital of Plateau State Thereafter he stayed away from campaign activities a development that sparked speculation that he had little or no involvement with the APC s Bola Tinubu Kashim Shettima presidential ticket Mr Buhari s decision to rejoin the campaign immediately sparked enthusiasm in the APC s Presidential Campaign Council PCC with Mr Keyamo describing the development as the president s demonstration of greater personal commitment to the election of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu The CCP expresses its deep gratitude to Chairman Buhari the leader of our great Party for his excellent and inspiring leadership at this time and for galvanizing our many members and supporters across the country Mr Keyamo said We urge our faithful and party supporters to turn out en masse as usual at the upcoming campaign rallies Zero hour is near our spirits must be elevated we must not relent in this collective march toward our divinely ordained victory Since 2003 when he first ran for the Nigerian presidency Mr Buhari has shown that he is a popular and influential political figure especially in the north of the country It is unclear whether his party s poor performance in delivering on election promises to the Nigerian people over the past seven years has diminished his popularity However several political experts believe that the president s presence on the APC presidential train could attract more support and voters for the Tinubu Shettima candidacy There have also been arguments that Mr Tinubu gave unreserved support to Mr Buhari and contributed significantly to his 2015 and 2019 election victories and that it should be time for the president to pay back the APC candidate in the same measure Buhari is in Abuja popular political analyst Ugo Egbujo wrote on Facebook the day Tinubu campaigned in Kano Buhari is fit and strong Buhari is not in Kano Buhari should be in Kano One good deed should deserve another Obama was everywhere for Clinton Obasanjo was everywhere for Yaradua Governors go everywhere for their successors Buhari is 80 years old but he travels all over the world Tinubu was everywhere for Fashola Tinubu was everywhere for Buhari Buhari is needed Credit https www premiumtimesng com news 574227 apc rejoices as buhari agrees to campaign for tinubu in 10 states html
    APC rejoices as Buhari agrees to campaign for Tinubu in 10 states
      The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council has released a revised campaign schedule indicating that President Muhammadu Buhari will attend the party s presidential campaign in at least ten states of the federation In a statement on Friday morning the party s campaign spokesman Festus Keyamo said Buhari would be available to wave the broom and mobilize voters in Adamawa on January 9 Yobe on January 10 Sokoto on January 16 January Kwara on January 17 and Ogun on January 25 The president Keyamo said would also be physically present at the demonstrations in Cross River on January 30 Nasarawa on February 4 Katsina on February 6 and Imo on February 14 Buhari will also take part in the APC presidential campaign grand finale in Lagos on February 18 ahead of the February 25 election the campaign spokesman said The President on November 15 2022 attended the inauguration of the APC presidential campaign in Jos the capital of Plateau State Thereafter he stayed away from campaign activities a development that sparked speculation that he had little or no involvement with the APC s Bola Tinubu Kashim Shettima presidential ticket Mr Buhari s decision to rejoin the campaign immediately sparked enthusiasm in the APC s Presidential Campaign Council PCC with Mr Keyamo describing the development as the president s demonstration of greater personal commitment to the election of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu The CCP expresses its deep gratitude to Chairman Buhari the leader of our great Party for his excellent and inspiring leadership at this time and for galvanizing our many members and supporters across the country Mr Keyamo said We urge our faithful and party supporters to turn out en masse as usual at the upcoming campaign rallies Zero hour is near our spirits must be elevated we must not relent in this collective march toward our divinely ordained victory Since 2003 when he first ran for the Nigerian presidency Mr Buhari has shown that he is a popular and influential political figure especially in the north of the country It is unclear whether his party s poor performance in delivering on election promises to the Nigerian people over the past seven years has diminished his popularity However several political experts believe that the president s presence on the APC presidential train could attract more support and voters for the Tinubu Shettima candidacy There have also been arguments that Mr Tinubu gave unreserved support to Mr Buhari and contributed significantly to his 2015 and 2019 election victories and that it should be time for the president to pay back the APC candidate in the same measure Buhari is in Abuja popular political analyst Ugo Egbujo wrote on Facebook the day Tinubu campaigned in Kano Buhari is fit and strong Buhari is not in Kano Buhari should be in Kano One good deed should deserve another Obama was everywhere for Clinton Obasanjo was everywhere for Yaradua Governors go everywhere for their successors Buhari is 80 years old but he travels all over the world Tinubu was everywhere for Fashola Tinubu was everywhere for Buhari Buhari is needed Credit https www premiumtimesng com news 574227 apc rejoices as buhari agrees to campaign for tinubu in 10 states html
    APC rejoices as Buhari agrees to campaign for Tinubu in 10 states
    General news3 weeks ago

    APC rejoices as Buhari agrees to campaign for Tinubu in 10 states

    The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council has released a revised campaign schedule indicating that President Muhammadu Buhari will attend the party's presidential campaign in at least ten states of the federation.

    In a statement on Friday morning, the party's campaign spokesman, Festus Keyamo, said Buhari would be available to wave the broom and mobilize voters in Adamawa on January 9, Yobe on January 10, Sokoto on January 16. January, Kwara on January 17 and Ogun on January 25.

    The president, Keyamo said, would also be physically present at the demonstrations in Cross River on January 30, Nasarawa on February 4, Katsina on February 6 and Imo on February 14.

    Buhari will also take part in the APC presidential campaign grand finale in Lagos on February 18 ahead of the February 25 election, the campaign spokesman said.

    The President, on November 15, 2022, attended the inauguration of the APC presidential campaign in Jos, the capital of Plateau State. Thereafter, he stayed away from campaign activities, a development that sparked speculation that he had little or no involvement with the APC's Bola Tinubu-Kashim Shettima presidential ticket.

    Mr. Buhari's decision to rejoin the campaign immediately sparked enthusiasm in the APC's Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), with Mr. Keyamo describing the development as the president's demonstration of “greater personal commitment to the election of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu”.

    “The CCP expresses its deep gratitude to Chairman Buhari, the leader of our great Party, for his excellent and inspiring leadership at this time and for galvanizing our many members and supporters across the country,” Mr. Keyamo said.

    “We urge our faithful and party supporters to turn out en masse, as usual, at the upcoming campaign rallies. Zero hour is near; our spirits must be elevated; we must not relent in this collective march toward our divinely ordained victory.”

    Since 2003, when he first ran for the Nigerian presidency, Mr. Buhari has shown that he is a popular and influential political figure, especially in the north of the country. It is unclear whether his party's poor performance in delivering on election promises to the Nigerian people over the past seven years has diminished his popularity.

    However, several political experts believe that the president's presence on the APC presidential train could attract more support and voters for the Tinubu-Shettima candidacy.

    There have also been arguments that Mr Tinubu gave unreserved support to Mr Buhari and contributed significantly to his 2015 and 2019 election victories and that it should be time for the president to pay back the APC candidate in the same measure.

    “Buhari is in Abuja,” popular political analyst Ugo Egbujo wrote on Facebook the day Tinubu campaigned in Kano. “Buhari is fit and strong. Buhari is not in Kano. Buhari should be in Kano. One good deed should deserve another. Obama was everywhere for Clinton. Obasanjo was everywhere for Yaradua.

    “Governors go everywhere for their successors. Buhari is 80 years old, but he travels all over the world. Tinubu was everywhere for Fashola. Tinubu was everywhere for Buhari. Buhari is needed."

    Credit: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/574227-apc-rejoices-as-buhari-agrees-to-campaign-for-tinubu-in-10-states.html

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