CBN takes sensitisation fair to Ogun

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Thursday began a  two-day sensitisation fair in Abeokuta, to create awareness about its activities.

Mr Osita Nwanisiobi, the Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, CBN, said that the bank attached great importance to sensitisation programmes.

The event took at the DLK Event Centre at Abiola Way.Nwanisiobi said the programme had become necessary to enable the bank acquaint the public its economic development initiatives.

He said it was also to  explain the opportunities available and how citizens  could  advantage of them.

The director said that the programme would help to receive feedbacks from the public for consideration in the development of other policies.

He explained that the programme was in tune the vision of the CBN Governor, which according to him is to operate  a people-centred bank. 

Nwanisiobi said that CBN’s policies and initiatives were designed  to  address observed failures in some sectors and a view to building a strong and sustainable  financial system.

He, therefore, urged members of the public not only to acquire information about the programmes, but also to advantage of them.

Top of the apex bank made presentations on operations of key departments of the institution.

In presentation, Mr Aladeen Badejo, an Asst. Director at the Currency Operations Department, urged the people to consider Nigeria’s currency as a symbol of national identity.

Badejo,   stressed the need to handle the banknotes with care and dignity, expressed concern over the huge amount being spent on reprinting them.

He frowned at the manner in which Nigerians mutilate, deface, squeeze, spray and sell the naira notes.

The official said there were penalties for of the currency.

Mr Biodun Okunola of the Development Department of the CBN explained that the bank had opened various funding  iinitiatives designed to boost the economy with the target of promoting small and medium scale businesses.

Okunola  said some of the initiatives include the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund (ACGSF), Micro Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSME) Micro Policy, Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (CACS) and the Anchor Borrowers’ Scheme.  

He called on the participants to move closer to the bank and advantage of the initiatives. (NAN)