Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, will serve out his tenure in office till 2nd June and not proceed on a “terminal leave” before he leaves as earlier reported.
This confirmation was made by the CBN’s spokesman Mr. Ugo Okoroafor, while speaking to journalists at the end of a press briefing on the execution of the Payments System Vision 2020 (PSV2020) Strategy, in Abuja on Thursday.
He said Sanusi held a “family meeting” with staff of the bank and told them that he was not be proceeding on “terminal leave” but will remain in office as CBN governor till June 2.
Earlier reports indicated that the CBN governor had agreed to proceed on “terminal leave” in March following the fiasco generated by the report of the allegedly missing $49.8 billion that was supposed to have accrued to the federation account.
Okoroafor, has dismissed that report, saying the “terminal leave” if it was ever in the offing was no longer feasible as Sanusi has resolved to leave office in June 2.
The outgoing CBN Deputy Governor, Operations, Mr. Tunde Lemo, declined to speak on his expected exit from office on Friday, but disclosed that the CBN has put into live operations, a new Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) system, integrated with a Scripless Securities Settlement System (SSSS) system.
He noted that the new RTGS replaces one that was implemented seven years ago as part of the then CBN transformation programme code-named Project EAGLES.