Coalition seeks more advocacies on accessing CBN interventions

The Coalition of Civil Society groups (CSOs) on Monday called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to increase its advocacies and awareness on how Nigerians can access its various intervention programmes.

It said most Nigerians are either unaware of these interventions or do not know how to access them.

The group’s President, Mr Etuk Williams made the call in Abuja at the 7th All Civil Society National Economic Summit themed: “Post Covid-19: understanding the economic interventions of CBN and the roles of civil society groups.”

He said the call became imperative to re-shapen the perceptions of Nigerians on the impact and efficacy of several monetary and palliative policies during the lockdown period introduced to address the resultant economic challenges occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic.

His words: “It is common knowledge that most people either are not aware of these interventions or do not know how to access the supports.

“It is our expectation that at the end of this summit we would have understood the scope and impact of the many intervention policies of the CBN on businesses and households, and also suggest to the government on how to sustain it and make it accessible.”

In a communique released after the summit, the group also urged Nigerians to interrogate government actions and policies so as to put them on the right path.

“There is a need for training civil societies at the national level to help the government inform the citizens of government policies and intervention.

“There is need for behavioural change among the citizens toward properly understanding government policies. The civil societies should collaborate to discourage ethnic divide and promote unity.”

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