has said that there is a need to come up with a legislation on
cryptocurrency, which is gradually becoming acceptable all over the
The Speaker said the legislation became necessary to regulate
transactions involving cryptocurrency for Nigeria not to be left behind.
Gbajabiamila who spoke during a visit by the board of the Nigerian
Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) led by its chairman, Ronke Sokefun,
said he believed the corporation’s mandate was critical to the financial
sector of Nigeria’s economy.
He said the House would structure the corporation to enhance the
agency’s statutory functions, saying the House would look at the law
establishing the agency to make amendments that would ensure that some
of its functions do not overlap with that of the Central Bank of Nigeria
“On the issue of cryptocurrency, I think block-chain technology is novel
and coming up strong. We don’t want to be left behind
“Not too long ago, a group of world leaders, G20 met in Osaka, Japan and
one of the issues they discussed was block-chain technology and
“They had a sub-group of leaders called the V20 established from that
meeting. It’s an assemblage of virtual currency representatives. I think
the world is taking the issue of cryptocurrency and block-chain
technology seriously. We don’t want to be left behind, and we have to
take it seriously.
“The House is ready to work with you on that so that we don’t get left
behind, and within legislation and regulation of block-chain application
that will put Nigeria within that rank of advanced technology.
“I’m aware that we trade on different platforms about $12 million on
yearly basis in this country, and a lot of these things, as you said,
are in the air but not captured. It is time we begin to look seriously
at this advancement in technology,” the Speaker said.
On structuring the corporation, the Speaker said “there seems to be a
blurry line over some of your functions and that of CBN: some
“I think we need to structure NDIC so that the lines are clearly
defined. I’m sure if that hasn’t happened already, there will be times,
if not now but in the future when those grey areas might cause issues
between you and the CBN.”
Speaker Gbajabiamila also assured that the yet-to-be-constituted House
Committee on Banking and Currency would pay adequate attention to the
activities of the corporation and that suggestions on how to collaborate
with the House would be welcomed.
Earlier, the NDIC chairman Sokefun said the visit was to congratulate
the Speaker on his emergence and acquaint him with the basic functions
of the corporation being a critical player in the Nigerian financial
She said the corporation has achieved remarkable success in its 30
years of operations, noting that it was the first public sector
institution in Nigeria to receive three international standards
She said NDIC the corporation has been remitting pension and national
housing funds, among others, to the appropriate quarters and that it was
adjudged the best performing ministerial sector unit by SERVICOM.