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Gbajabiamila hails Supreme Court’s judgement on currency swap

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has hailed the Supreme Court’s judgement on currency swap.

In a statement he issued after the Apex Court judgement on Friday, the Speaker said Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) must respect apex court’s decision.

Read detail of the statement:

STATEMENT BY THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, REP. FEMI GBAJABIAMILA ON THE DECISION OF THE SUPREME COURT IN
THE MATTER OF THE NAIRA SWAP POLICY
Friday 03 March, 2023

It has always been the position of the House of Representatives that despite the noble intentions behind the currency swap policy, the design and implementation of the policy has been fatally flawed and contradictory to the ends of law and publiC policy.

The decision of the Supreme Court suspending the currency swap policy introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and extending the implementation deadline to 31st December 2023 validates the position of the House in its entirety.

The remarkably haphazard implementation of the currency swap policy fell way short of international standards. It deviated from the prior practice of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) without providing any benefits to the Nigerian people or the economy of
Nigeria, both of which have suffered significant harm as a result.

The Central Bank of Nigeria must respect the apex court’s judgement and act quickly to give it full effect.

This is necessary to reverse some of the damage done to our economy and prevent the continued suffering of the Nigerian people.

I congratulate and progressive governors of Kaduna, Kogi and Zamfara states, for sincerely appreciate my brothers, the approaching the Supreme Court to give a final settlement on this
matter.

This was the right thing to do. It showed their collective adherence to the rule of law and their determination to take bold actions that serve the best interests of the Nigerian people.

While we anticipate action by the Central Bank, there is still a need to examine and understand how this policy intervention turned out in the way it did.

The House of Representatives will exercise its authority to review the actions and inactions, the failures of law and procedure that set the conditions for this profound failure of public policy. This is necessary to ensure we take the right legislative actions to prevent future reoccurrence.

            Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila,
            Speaker of the House of Representatives

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