Nigerian students and medical trips abroad no more forex— president Buari

The Central Bank of Nige­ria (CBN) wishes to clarify to the general public that it has NOT stopped the allocation and sale of foreign exchange for purposes of paying school fees and settlement of medi­cal bills overseas,” Ibrahim Mu’azu, the apex bank’s Direc­tor of Corporate Communica­tions, said. 
However in a recent interview with Al­Jazeera, Buhari overruled the CBN, insisting that it will henceforth, not be making such provisions as Nigeria’s present economic state can’t afford it.

President Buhari says the Federal government will henceforth not be making provisions of foreign exchange allocation for Nigerians schooling abroad or those seeking medical treatment overseas‎. This position is contrary to that of the CBN which had stated in a communique last month that it had not banned the allocation of foreign exchange for education and medical bills. 

However in a late meeting with Al­Jazeera, Buhari overruled the CBN, demanding that it will from this time forward, not be making such procurements as Nigeria’s available financial state can’t bear the cost of it. 

“We can’t simply bear the cost of it. That is only the genuine situation,”he said. 

Amid the meeting, Buhai likewise said the individuals who were making financial increases through exchanging with the dollar would be sought after and rebuffed. 

“Anyone who was given dollars by the CBN to import pharmaceuticals and chose to offer at parallel business sector to make perhaps extra N100, we will seek after them and punish them, he said 

Numerous Nigerians schooling and receiving medi­cal attention abroad have been complaining as the CBN has stopped the allocation of foreign exchange to them, since they could not access Form A.‎ They say it is inhuman for the CBN and the federal government to expect them to source for foreign exchange at the parallel market..


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