…As Minister says FG studying situation on change of Naira to Eco***
The Joint Task Force (JFT) with the code name ‘Operation Delta Safe’ and the Nigerian Navy on Monday visited the Bayelsa State home of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s residence in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area, to ascertain the level of damage following an attack by unknown gunmen on Christmas Eve.
They said the visit was also to find necessary solution to prevent reoccurrence of such attacks, just as Federal Government says it is studying the situation on change of West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) currency, Eco, to be used as ECOWAS single currency.
In attendance were the JTF Commander, Rear Admiral Akinjide Akinrinade, the Flag Officer Commanding Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Saidu Garba, the Commander Nigerian Navy Ship Soroh, Commondor Felix Esekhile, amongst others.
In his remarks, Jonathan urged them to be thorough in their investigations.
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“Be thorough as you seek to bring the perpetrators to book and ensure that such mindless attack do not happen again in any part of the country,” Jonathan said.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed highlighted on Monday that the Federal Government was presently studying the situation on change of West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) currency, Eco, to be used as ECOWAS single currency.
The Minister indicated this in a statement by Yunusa Abdullahi, her Special Adviser, Media and Communication, in Abuja on Monday.
Already, eight West African countries have agreed to change the name of their common currency to Eco, thereby effectively severing the CFA franc’s links to former colonial ruler France.
The countries include Benin republic, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.
This was announced by Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Ivory Coast.
All of these African countries are former French colonies with the exception of Guinea-Bissau.
Reacting on this development, Ahmed said Nigeria as a country would respond in due course.
“To the news of the change of name of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) currency, the Communate Financiere d’ Afrique (CFA) to Eco, supposedly as the ECOWAS single currency.”