The upper chamber yesterday Direct the central Bank on Nigeria, to stop arbitrary charges under the guise of maintenance charges
Monitoring its plenary through television broadcast on Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) by our urban express news correspondent, the senate also request that commercial banks in the country should increase the maximum amount customers can withdraw from automated teller machines ATM to N40,00 per transaction where the minimum is currently N20,000
The upper legislative chamber also directed its Committees on Banking and Finance to conduct an investigation into the propriety of ATM card maintenance charges and to also invite CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, to explain why the charges were allegedly skewed in favour of banks.
The resolution of the Senate was sequel to a motion sponsored by Gbenga Ashafa, the senator representing Lagos East. While moving the motion, Ashafa said the apex bank was becoming insensitive” to the plight of Nigerians. Contributing to the debate on the motion, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said the numerous charges by the banks were unacceptable.
He said: “If we have institutions in Nigeria, they should ensure to do their jobs to protect Nigerians. Banks should have recognisable charges to let customers know what they are up against.” Bauchi govt begs civil servants, pensioners to be patient over salary delay On his part, The senator representing Lagos West, Adeola Olamilekan, said banks should stop cheating Nigerians of their hard-earned money.
“I have stopped using ATM for transactions,” he said. In his contribution, Deputy Senate Minority leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, said: “The common man is also a victim.
It is from the sweat of the common man. Let us come up with a law that puts banks on their toes.” On his part, the Deputy Senate Majority leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, said: It won’t be out of place to institute a committee that will call on the CBN to tell us what these charges are about.