The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has urged Nigerians to always handle naira notes with care, civility and pride.
The CBN made the call yesterday at a programme organised to mark this year’s edition of International Museum Day celebrations and launching of currency museum. The event had the theme: “The Naira is a Symbol of Our National Pride”.
Deputy Governor, Corporate Services of the CBN, Mr Edward Adamu made the call in Abuja, yesterday. He pleaded with Nigerians to handle the Naira with care, ‘as it is a symbol of the nation’s identity and pride.’
“The Naira as a symbol of our national pride should not be sprayed or step on, should not be squeezed, defaced or stained. The naira should not be sold or counterfeited,” said Adamu who represented the bank’s deputy Governor, currency operations department.
Speaking on the essence of exhibiting Nigeria’s past and present currencies in the bank’s museum, Mr. Edward Adamu noted that “the exhibition explores the naira in terms of its life cycle from conception to the end of its life otherwise known as the birth to death of bank notes.”
Adamu said the exhibition was an opportunity for Nigerians to know now the notes come about from conception to its final resting place or its end product which is are recycled products, all these activities are contained in the exhibition.”
Also, speaking at the event was the Deputy Director, Currency Operations Department, Mr Vincent Wuranti who lamented that the way and manner Nigerians handle the Naira, affects its life span.
He reminded Nigerians that Section 21 of the CBN act of 2007, stipulates that the abuse of the Naira through such acts as squeezing, staining, writing on, spraying and illegal sales amongst others are punishable offences.
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