Naira scarcity: Bello sues for calm as Niger rural markets, shops close down 

Shortage of cash in circulation and lack of the newly redesigned notes has resulted in the closure of rural markets and several shops in the urban cities of Niger state.

The governor of Niger state,  Abubakar Sani Bello  stated this on Thursday in  statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government,  Ahmed Ibrahim Matane in Minna.

He said this development is causing hardship to the people and assured the citizenry that the state government is working round the clock to mitigate the hardship so that normalcy would resume.

According to him, “Governor Sani Bello is deeply moved by the attendant consequences of the policy which has been affecting the citizens, especially the scarcity of the Naira.” 

He said, “Government is aware that the situation has been the most difficult experience in the last few days as many Nigerlites have encountered challenges in going about the process.”

The governor pleaded with the people of the state to remain calm as appropriate measures would be taken by the government to ameliorate the situation, the statement added.

He further revealed that while government, like most Nigerlites, believes the public is facing untold hardship following the policy, it passionately appealed to the federal government to find lasting solution to the problem faced by the people.