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BY: DAVID UKA, Abakaliki
Workers and political appointees who fail to have Biometric Verification Number,BVN, will not receive their salaries.
Umahi who stated this when CBN delegation led by Adayi Chris Onah, the Bank’s Branch Controller, paid him a courtesy visit at the Exco Chambers, Government House, Abakaliki expressed dismay over the CBN’s data which shows that Ebonyi was the least state in bank account opening in the South East zone.
According to him: “Anybody that doesn’t have BVN should not expect salary, no BVN no salary whether it is political or not.
“The Deputy Governor has BVN and I have BVN. So, any political appointee that doesn’t have BVN, no salary.
“Any Civil Servant that doesn’t have BVN or have incomplete BVN or intentionally gave out wrong BVN, I have noted that and such a person will not take salary until they have BVN.
“Commissioner for Local Government, you have to implement that immediately. No salary for the months of November, December until everybody has got a BVN, this is very important.
“So, some of you that have not opened account for the first time in your life, you now open an account. They said Ebonyi is the least in bank account opening, it shouldn’t be”, he said.
Earlier in his remarks, the Branch Controller, Adayi Chris Onah, stated that the Financial Access Performance across Geo-political zones of the country showed that South East has average exclusion rate of 29.3%.
He noted that Ebonyi state has 43.6% exclusion rate, which is above the national average of 36.8% and the region’s average of 29.3%.
He further revealed that other states in the zone were recording an average of between 25.4%-28.7%
He noted that the low inclusion rate was why the bank chose the state as pilot state for it’s account opening week program in the South East.
He said the program would commence from December 2-7, 2019.
He however commended the Governor on his excellent infrastructural developments going on in the state and prayed to the governor to use his good office to strengthen the account opening week in the State to ensure active participation of the general public.