The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, on Wednesday joined other Nigerians in calling for an extension to the phase-out of old naira notes.
The National Assembly insisted there was no turning back within the deadline set by the Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday, despite appeals by key stakeholders and bank customers.
Ortom made the appeal in Makurdi when he received the Governing Council of Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University.
He stated that pushing forward the January 31st deadline is to further increase the pain of Nigerians.
He said: “The visible sign is that there are a lot of people, especially in rural areas to transfer old notes. As a governor, I am yet to see the new naira notes.
“This is the reason why I will join Nigerians to look critically at this so that we do not worsen the situation of our country.
“To say that our people are suffering in Nigeria is an understatement. People are in pain, things in this country are not good at all. I call on the president to look into this and extend the deadline.”
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