President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the redesigning of Naira notes with 200, 500, 1000 still retained as highest denominations.
Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele, disclosed this at a briefing on Wednesday in Abuja.
Emefiele said the new notes which would be introduced on December 15, 2022, include 100, 200, 500 1000 notes, while the old notes would cease to exist as legal tender by January 31, 2023.
“In recent times, however, 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,” he said.
According to him, CBN has recorded significantly higher rates of counterfeiting, especially at the higher denominations of N500 and N1,000 banknotes.
“As you all may be aware, currency management is a key function of the Central Bank of Nigeria, as enshrined in Section 2 (b) of the CBN Act 2007. Indeed, the integrity of a local legal tender, the efficiency of its supply, as well as its efficacy in the conduct of monetary policy are some of the hallmarks of a great Central Bank.
“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,” he said.
Emefiele said the new and existing currencies shall remain legal tender and circulate together until January 31, 2023 when the existing currencies shall cease 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.
“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,” he said
It is no longer news that the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, has said that the apex bank would redesign the country’s currency.
Emefiele made this announcement on Wednesday, amid mixed reactions from Nigerians.
As Nigerians continue to express divergent reactions to the decision off and online, IDOMA VOICE highlights ten quick facts about the new note.
Affected denominations are; 200, 500, 1000 notes.
The new notes will be released for public use on December 15, 2022.
Old notes and the new notes would circulate together until January 31, 2023 when the old notes would cease to be legal tender.
Action was taken in order to take control of the currency in circulation.
The Naira has not been redesigned in the last 20 years