OLD NAIRA NOTES REJECTION: GANDUJE THREATENS TO REVOKE LICENSES OF BANKS AND BUSINESS OWNERS
Kano state government has warned that it would not hesitate to revoke operational licenses of major business owners or take action on anyone who refuses to accept the old naira notes as a means of transaction.
In a press release signed by Kano State Commissioner for Information and Internal Affairs, Mallam Muhammad Garuba, and made available to the Media ,Governor Umar Ganduje who sounded the warning said the old Naira notes are still a legal tender and should not be rejected in the State.
He stated that the Supreme Court was emphatic on its interim injunction on the issue of old naira notes which would continue to be used as legal tender with the new ones untill they gradually and finally phase out.
The governor noted that it has come to the notice of the government that some business owners such as supermarkets, malls, banks, restaurants, hotels, traders in markets, filling stations, motor parks, among others, are in the habit of rejecting the old naira notes in business transaction.
Ganduje further observed that this non-acceptance by some selfish individuals is further worsening the already tensed situation exacerbated by the non-availability of the new naira notes.
“Business and economic activities are seriously affected by the naira redesign and unfortunately some self-centered individuals are cashing on the situation to cause further hardships on the people by not accepting the old naira notes during transactions,” the statement added.
He said the people have suffered enough untold hardship and therefore the state government would not fold it’s arms and allow few selfish elements in our midst to worsen the situation.
The governor called on the people in the state to continue with their lawful businesses and report anyone who refuses to accept the old naira notes to the appropriate quarters.