The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Anambra state chapter has openly supported the nationwide industrial action by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) as the naira crunch bite harder on average Nigerians.
The NLC have threatened to embark on a nationwide strike and block off the premises of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Monday if they fail to release more money into circulation.
Venerable Joseph Nweke, Chairman of CAN, Anambra state chapter, said he is in support of the strike action during a two-day retreat organized by the Anglican Diocese on the Niger at the All Saints’ Cathedral, Onitsha.
According to Venerable Nweke who is the Archdeacon of Onitsha Inland Town Archdeaconry, “the Supreme Court has since ordered CBN to release the old naira notes they confiscated from Nigerians since they are not able to give us the redesigned naira notes but it appears they have disobeyed the court order”.
“African and Western countries that are practicing cashless economy usually build infrastructures first of all upon which the system would run smoothly but in the present policy on cashless economy in Nigeria, the federal government did not consider infrastructures such as the system that will enhance free flow of cash through the internet”.
“Secondly, the federal government introduced the two policies of cashless economy and currency swap at the same time and non of them was properly arranged in such a way it will help the citizens. Currently swap, as a policy is expected that government should print new naira notes so that if you bring your old naira notes, they will swap it with the new ones”.
“Rather, what they did in Nigeria is to persuade the citizens to surrender their old notes to the commercial banks and instead of swapping them straightaway, they confiscated the old notes without supplying the new ones, thereby throwing the masses into an unprecedented chaos till date”.
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