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CBN To Redesign N200, N500, N1000 Notes As It Introduces National Domestic Card

The Central Bank of Nigeria has announced its decision to redesign the Naira.

The Governor,  Mr. Godwin Emefiele, who  announced this at a press briefing in Abuja, said the exercise would affect the highest denominations: 200, 500, 1000 notes.

He said the action was taken in order to take control of the currency in circulation.

According to him, the bulk of the nation’s currency notes were outside bank vaults and that the CBN would  not allow the situation to continue.

“In line with this approval, we have finalized arrangements for the new currency to begin circulation from December 15, 2022. – Emefiele

The Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, who announced this at a press briefing in Abuja, said the exercise would affect the highest denominations: 200, 500, 1000 notes.

Emiefele, who said the action was taken to control the currency in circulation, revealed that the new naira notes will be in circulation from December 15.

He added, “The new and existing currencies shall remain legal tender and circulate together until January 31, 2023 when the existing currencies shall seize to be legal tender.

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“Accordingly, all Deposit Money Banks currently holding the existing denominations of the currency may begin returning these notes back to the CBN effective immediately. The newly designed currency will be released to the banks in the order of First-come-First-serve basis.

“Customers of banks are enjoined to begin paying into their bank accounts the existing currency to enable them withdraw the new banknotes once circulation begins in mid-December 2022. All banks are therefore expected to keep open, their currency processing centers from Monday to Saturday so as to accommodate all cash that will be returned by their customers.

“For the purpose of this transition from existing to new notes, bank charges for cash deposits are hereby suspended with immediate effect. Therefore, DMBs are to note that no bank customer shall bear any charges for cash returned/paid into their accounts.

“Members of the public are to please note that the present notes remain legal tender and should not be rejected as a means of exchange for purchase of goods and services.

“We would like to use this opportunity to reassure the general public that the CBN would continue to monitor both the financial system in particular, and the economy in general, and always act in good faith for the achievement of the Bank’s objectives and the betterment of the country.

The Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emiefele has warned that the apex bank would stop the usage of  old Naira notes from 31st January, 2023.

This is coming at a time when the apex bank noted conspicuously, the challenges bedeviling the country’s currency.

In a statement obtained by Hotmedia.ng, Emefiele stated that the ‘currency management has faced several daunting challenges that have continued to grow in scale and sophistication with attendant and unintended consequences for the integrity of both the CBN and the country’.

Listing the challenges Emefiele said: ‘Significant hoarding of banknotes by members of the public, with statistics showing that over 80 percent of currency in circulation are outside the vaults of commercial banks; Worsening shortage of clean and fit banknotes with attendant negative perception of the CBN and increased risk to financial stability; Increasing ease and risk of counterfeiting evidenced by several security reports.’

Explaining further, Emefiele said the Naira has not been redesigned in the last 20 years, noting that the apex bank would redesign the naira notes and commences circulation on December 15, 2022.

His words: “Although global best practice is for central banks to redesign, produce and circulate new local legal tender every 5–8 years, the Naira has not been redesigned in the last 20 years.

“On the basis of these trends, problems, and facts, and in line with Sections 19, Subsections a and b of the CBN Act 2007, the Management of the CBN sought and obtained the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari to redesign, produce, and circulate new series of banknotes at N100, N200, N500, and N1,000 levels.

“In line with this approval, we have finalized arrangements for the new currency to begin circulation from December 15, 2022. The new and existing currencies shall remain legal tender and circulate together until January 31, 2023 when the existing currencies shall seize to be legal tender.

“Accordingly, all Deposit Money Banks currently holding the existing denominations of the currency may begin returning these notes back to the CBN effective immediately. The newly designed currency will be released to the banks in the order of First-come-First-serve basis”.

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