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Bauchi Deputy Gov Can’t Access Cash At ATMs

Posted: Jul 1, 2015 at 11:48 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Patience Ogbodo-Iwugwu  –  Bauchi


Bauchi State Deputy Governor, Nuhu Gidado, has run into a hitch accessing his funds in bank operated Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) in the state.

This is because there is no money in the ATMs at the time the Deputy Governor went for his money, a statement from the office of the Deputy Governor signed by the Permanent Secretary, Rabi’u Bello, said in Bauchi on Tuesday.

The government has, therefore, given the banks 24 hours ultimatum to stock their ATMs with money for the benefit of residents.

“The situation is so pathetic that the Deputy Governor of the state had to try three different ATMs to get N20,000, but there was no money at the ATMs.

“The government is giving a 24 four hour ultimatum to ensure that all ATMs in the state dispense cash in order to ease the sufferings of the citizens of the state,” the statement said. It said the situation has worsened the hardship experienced by people in the state in having access to their money. The government expressed disappointment over the poor services rendered by the banks.

It described the present administration in the state as different from the previous one in terms of efficiency, stressing the need for positive change that will reduce the hardship of the people of the state in gaining access to their money at the banks.

According to the statement, “inability of banks in the state to make cash available is very disheartening because the situation has caused untold hardship to the people of the state.

Meanwhile, the State Head of Service, Mr Abdon Dala Gin, has described the gathering of a lot of people at the ATMs at the same time as a security risk, especially in this period of insurgency.

He expressed the hope that the problem of non-functional ATMs in the banks will be addressed on time.

Gin cautioned the authorities of the banks in the state against indiscriminate issuance of loans to civil servants that will at the long run leave them with only little to take home, noting that it was against the financial regulation.