By Nsikak Evans

OrderPaperToday – The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Monday said it has approved an extension of registration for the Biometric Verification Number (BNV) for men of the armed forces to enable them access their salaries.

Deputy Governor Operations of the apex Bank, Suleiman Barau told the Senate Committee on Appropriation that the Bank had received the request of the Defense Minister in that respect.

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Mr. Barau, who came along with other relevant officials with respect to the proposed #465 Supplementary Budget said that the bank understood the plight of the military operatives.

Earlier, the Minister of Defense Dan Ali Mohammed had 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 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.

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

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