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Gov Bello pays condolence visit to Kogi NUJ Chairman over wife’s death

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Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, on Saturday, paid a condolence visit to the Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Kogi State chapter, Comrade Adeiza Momohjimoh, whose wife, Zainab, passed on last Friday.

The governor, who was accompanied on the visit by his Chief of Staff, Abdulkareem Asuku, and the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, Abdullahi Bello, among others, urged the NUJ chairman to be strong for the sake of the children his late wife left behind, and the entire family.

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He said his visit was also to pay his last respects to late Mallama Zainab Adeiza, “whose death occured as it pleased God Almighty, despite the numerous efforts made to keep her alive”.

The Governor said, “When I heard of the illness of your wife, I immediately directed my personal physician to intervene. And we undertook to foot the bill, 100 percent, only to hear about her unfortunate demise.

“In fact, we were looking forward to having her as the first to be treated of such ailment in our Reference Hospital at Okene, but the unfortunate incident happened. From God Almighty we all came and to Him we shall return.”

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Governor Bello assured the Chairman of the continued support of the Kogi State Government as well as colleagues of the NUJ chairman in his trying times.

In his remarks, the NUJ Chairman thanked the Governor, saying that his visit would facilitate his family’s recovery and considerably clear the air of despondency the death of his wife had caused.

He disclosed that the Governor called him thrice on the day of the unfortunate incident to commiserate with him and also sent money, promptly, to clear the hospital bill, noting that if he did not visit personally, he would have already done more than enough.

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“I am short of words with your visit today, Your Excellency, with what you did at the hospital and throughout the period you discovered my wife was ill.
“The Governor called me three times on the day of the unfortunate incident and also sent money to us, promptly, to clear the hospital bill. I would not have expected that with all these, you would still visit my home because you have already done more than enough,” he stated.

While recounting his days with his late wife, Momohjimoh noted that he had not only lost a wife but a mother, describing her as someone who took care of those in distress and had many orphans under her care.

Special prayers were offered by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Abdulkareem Jamiu Asuku, for the peaceful repose of the soul of the deceased, and for the family she left behind.

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JUST IN: IMF ask CBN to extend Feb 10 deadline for old naira notes

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By Francesca Iwambe

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to extend the February 10 deadline for the use of old naira notes if the difficulties in getting new notes persist.

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According to the IMF, the call become necessary as the development had led to the disruptions to trade and payments due to the shortage of new noted in the bank.

The call was contained in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday.

“In light of hardships caused by disruptions to trade and payments due to the shortage of new bank notes available to the public, in spite of measures introduced by the CBN to mitigate the challenges in the banknote swap process, the IMF encourages the CBN to consider extending the deadline, should problems persist in the next few days leading up to the February 10, 2023 deadline,” the statement reads.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court suspends February 10 deadline for naira swap

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By Francesca Iwambe, Abuja

The Supreme Court of Nigeria has restrained the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Federal Government from ending the legal tender statuses of old N200, N500 and N1000 banknotes on February 10, 2023.

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The apex court made the order following the suit filed by three State governments challenging the Naira swap policy.

Recall that governments of Kaduna, Zamfara and Kogi States had approached the Supreme Court seeking an order to stop the policy.

Naijablitznews.com will bring you more details shortly

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CBN captures more Communities as currency swap is continuous in Taraba

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Emmanuel Awari-Jalingo

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on Friday extend her currency swap exercise to more Communities of Yorro, Ardo-Kola and Ibi local government areas of Taraba state.

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The Director Financial System Strategy, Central Bank of Nigeria, Ibrahim Hassan who disclosed this to our correspondent in Jalingo said, the development was in continuation of the CBN initiative targeted at ensuring that all rural dwellers in Taraba have their old naira notes swapped to new ones or deposited in banks before the extended CBN deadline for currency swap.

Hassan noted that the currency Swap Initiative was to help save communities who do not have access to bank, swap their old naira notes to the new notes.

“Just as we have been doing to ensure that people in the rural Communities of Taraba who do not have access to Bank have their old naira notes swap to new ones. CBN delegation have been drafted to more Communities of Yorro, Ardo-Kola and Ibi local to ensure success of the initiative.

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“CBN delegation for Yorro is led by Mr Jackson Imandi, the Deputy Director, the one Ardo-Kola is led by Mr. Kazeem Olatinmu while the one in Ibi local government is been led by the CBN Head of Banking Services in Taraba State, Hayatu Yahaya Shehu to ensure the villagers gain advantage of the Ten days extension for the currency swap” Hassan explained.

When contacted, the chief of Mumuye in Yorro local government, Ado Adamu Manang, that of Ibi, Abubakar Salihu Danbaw and some beneficiary of the exercise in Ardo-Kola local government, Mohammed Musa, Hafsatu Babangida and Isa Mahmud, commended the central Bank of Nigeria for the exercise as it was the best for villagers and promised to help create massive awareness for people to swap their old naira notes to the new ones.

According to them, businesses were already collapsing as people were no longer accepting the old naira notes even before the extended window.

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