By Aminu Kutama
Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, on Friday expressed sympathy for the people in the state over hardships occasioned by the January 31st deadline for the old naira notes and months-long fuel scarcity.
The state commissioner for information, Muhammad Garba, in a statement, said the government was deeply moved by the attendant consequences of the policy which has been affecting the people, especially poor Nigerians due to its timing and short transition period.
In November, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) unveiled the redesigned N200, N500, and N1,000 notes as fuel queues have lingered across the nation.
According to Garba, the governor assured the public that the state government was making frantic efforts to collaborate with other stakeholders to see to the extension of the transition period set for the total withdrawal of the old and issuance of enough new naira notes to the people.
The commissioner added that while the government, like most Nigerians, believes that the people are facing hardships following the naira redesign, it was passionately appealing to the CBN to extend the deadline set for the policy.
On the current fuel shortage, the statement also urged the Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) to ensure adequate supply and distribution of the commodity to Nigerians.
Ganduje further urged people in the state to remain calm as appropriate measure would be taken to ameliorate the situations.