The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari government during the COVID-19 lockdown to suspend charges for use of ATM cards and low amount mobile fund transfers.
PDP made the call in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, on Sunday in Abuja.
It stated that the suspension of such charges should be part of the ways to ease the burden on poor and vulnerable Nigerians during the lockdown.
The party called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to immediately open an arrangement with commercial banks for the suspension of the charges.
Ologbondiyan said the lockdown had subjected the majority of Nigerians to extensive use of ATM and mobile transfers for them to survive, suspending the charges on minimal transactions during this period of restriction is highly essential.
He said that the lifting of the charges within the period of COVID-19 pandemic would make cash withdrawals easy for vulnerable citizens and encourage more Nigerians to support one another financially at this critical time.
“The PDP demands the CBN to immediately liaise with commercial banks and stimulate a special social sustenance modality to defray the cost of such charges, particularly to cover minimal transactions in favour of vulnerable Nigerians,” he said.