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Cashless policy may affect war against terrorists, NSA warns

Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd), the National Security Adviser (NSA),has warned that the change of currency and cashless policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), if not well thought out, may affect the operations of troops in the field.

The NSA gave the warning when he appeared before an ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives on change of currency and cashless policy on Thursday in Abuja.

Represented by the Head of Defence Unit, Rear Admiral Abubakar Mustapha, the NSA said that even in advanced countries, such policies could affect the operations of troops if not well implemented.

“Because of the sensitivity of some of this information that will come and bordering on security, there are things we cannot say in the media.

“Globally, military operations, even in first world countries, such policies, if not well properly thought out, will affect some certain operations.

“Some of our soldiers are deployed in places where they cannot actually access digital means of paying for their daily subsistence; that is the main issue that NSA has been talking about.

“It is important that this committee sits down and articulates better ways of actually addressing these issues,” he said.

Earlier, the chairman of the committee, Ado Doguwa (APC-Kano), said that the committee was interested in the implications of the policy on national security.

He said that the committee would interface with major stakeholders to determine the effect of the policy on the economy.

Doguwa said that from what the committee had so far gathered, the policy posed a challenge to agriculture, economy and security.

“The policy is detrimental to so many components of our existence as a nation which means security inclusive,” he said.

He expressed disappointment over the failure of the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning; Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC) and other agencies to appear before it.

Doguwa adjourned the meeting to February 10 for the committee to meet with the Minister of Finance, the leadership of Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company as well as INEC.

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