By Victor Gai.
The Central Bank of Nigeria has held a fair in Jalingo, from 12th to 13th May, 2016, with the theme ‘Promoting Financial Stability and Economic Development’.
Speaking at the opening ceremony in Jalingo, the Branch Controller of CBN, Jalingo, Mohammed Suleiman, said the primary aim of the programme was to encourage banking activities and the way forward in discouraging poor management of the naira.
The team leader, Aliyu Katuka said that CBN has a programme for the disabled, aimed at taking them off the streets, which indeed was proven by the large number of the disabled that graced the two day event.
Papers were presented on clean note policy, which spelt out that penalty awaits those who abuse or produce counterfeit naira notes which include six months imprisonment of fifty thousand naira fine or both.
Speaking to newsmen during the event, the Team Leader of the fair, Aliyu Katuka stated that the fair was focused on agriculture, small and medium enterprises intervention and consumer protection.
“You can see how convenient you can seat in your bedroom to buy what you want to buy, send money to your loved ones with ease. These are some of the initiatives we are sensitizing members of the public about, giving them the opportunity to ask questions and even raise suggestions”, he stated.
The team leader who is an Assistant Director with the CBN, disclosed to newsmen the requirements for accessing loan, stating that such could be done through the Development Finance department, which has the duty of monitoring all the duties and programmes of the bank at the grassroots.
“We have different programmes and different rates. In Jalingo, we have CBN Jalingo branch. If you go there, we have Development Finance Office”, he said.
They would give you the requirements in writing, you would see them and discuss with them. So please, seek for all the assistance you want and you would get it”, he concluded.