Oyebanji urges Ekiti people to accept old naira notes

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Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji has appealed to residents of the state to continue to accept the old naira notes.

Oyebanji in a statement on Saturday, said by the judgement of the Supreme Court, the old notes remain a legal tender until December 31.

He said: “I appeal to our people to accept both the old and new naira notes as valid means of transactions until December 2023 new deadline set by the Supreme Court through its recent ruling.

“I have received complaints from some residents that certain business concerns in the state refuse to accept the old naira notes. I want to remind you that it is unlawful for any business owner or service provider to reject the old notes.

“I therefore urge our market women, artisans, transporters, filling stations, supermarket owners, school proprietors, service providers, and all residents of Ekiti State to accept the old naira notes until the December deadline. Let us not create hardship for one another by rejecting it.

“I call on commercial banks and the Central Bank of Nigeria to make both the old and new currencies available in their branches and automated teller machines (ATM) points. This will ease the stress residents go through to get money for their daily needs and commercial activities.

“As a government, we shall continue to explore avenues to make life more meaningful for our people and build a more prosperous state. However, we will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute business owners found rejecting the old naira notes.”

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