Ganduje shuts supermarket over refusal to accept old notes

Dr Abdullahi Gandjue, Governor of Kano State, directed the acting Chairman of the Kano State Consumer Protection Council, Dr Baffa Babba Dan'agundi, to close Wellcare Supermarket on Sunday. 

The closure followed the management of the said supermarket's refusal to accept old naira notes from customers, despite the state government's directive to continue accepting old notes. 

The council's chairman made the announcement shortly after shutting down the supermarket, threatening legal action against its management. 

He warned other Kano marketers that the state government has not prohibited the use of old naira notes as legal tender, and that any shop owner caught not accepting the old notes would be dealt with harshly in accordance with the law. 

Meanwhile, Wellcare Alliance Limited's management has sent an apology letter to Governor Ganduje, requesting his immediate intervention to reopen the supermarket. 

The letter was titled "Apology letter and a plea for immediate intervention to re-open Wellcare Alliance Limited." 

"Sir, Wellcare has always had an outstanding reputation in the market within the state and beyond, equally has abided by every rules and regulation which directly affects the company or a regulator without hesitation. 

"Due to the Federal Government's policy on new naira notes, we gave incorrect instructions to our staff members that from February 10, 2023, only new naira notes are to be in circulation, and after an extensive investigation with our bankers, they declined to receive old naira notes," the letter partially read. 

The supermarket's management pleaded with the Kano government that "our business should be reopened for deserving members of the public as we undertake to accept the old notes as valid tender until the state issues any other directive."

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