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CBN Extends  BVN Registration for Military Personnel


Ayodele Afolabi, Abuja

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has  approved the extension of registration for the Biometric Verification Number (BNV) for men of the armed forces to enable them access their salaries.

This was disclosed  on Monday by Alhaji Suleiman Barau, Deputy Governor Operations of the CBN when request for such was made to the Senate Committee on Appropriation by the Minister of Defence, Retired Brigadier General Mohammed Dan Ali.

Barau, who came along with other relevant stakeholders concerned with the proposed N465bn Supplementary Budget said that the bank understood the plight of the military operatives and have approved the request as earlier forwarded to CBN by the Defence Minister.

Earlier, the Minister of Defence Dan Ali Mohammed pleaded with the Senate Committee to intervene and direct that BVN registration for military operatives especially in the war front be extended.

He said that the soldiers and their families were going through a hard time as they could not access their salaries due to the lapse of the deadline for BVN registration.

Dan-Ali said that the soldiers could not abandon their duty at the war front to go for the registration and they should not be further punished by denying them access to their account.

“Our soldiers in the field cannot access their money because of the BVN: our soldiers should be given extension so that they and their family can access their salary.

“We need to appeal to the CBN governor if that can be done as it will enhance the morale of our soldiers,” he said.

The Chairman of the Committee Sen. Danjuma Goje also corroborated the request of the Minister of Defense seeking a special extension for the military.


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