JUST IN: CBN Directs Banks To Pay New Notes Over The Counter

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued a new directive to commercial banks on the new notes.

JUST IN: CBN Directs Banks To Pay New Notes Over The Counter

directed commercial banks to start paying the redesigned naira notes to customers over the counter.

The apex bank stated that the new directive was to alleviate the challenges that Nigerians are experiencing with getting access to the new notes, as well as reduce queues at the automated teller machines (ATMs) nationwide.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Director of Corporate Communication, CBN, Osita Nwanisobi, on Thursday.

Following the unveiling and the commencement of the circulation of the redesigned naira notes on December 15, the apex banks ordered deposit money banks (DMBs) to stop issuing the notes over the counter.

But the directive, coupled with many other restrictions that dots the policy, has unleashed hardship on Nigerians who are making frantic efforts to deposit their old notes (N200, N500, and N1,000) before the new February 10 deadline elapses.

Residents have also been seen crowding ATM terminals in the country in a bid to get the new notes.

In the statement, Osita Nwanisobi said the apex bank was working to address challenges with access to the redesigned notes.

He said will collaborate with the Nigeria Police, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) to prosecute abuses and sellers of the naira.

“We have equally noticed the queues at Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) across the country and an upward trend in the cases of people stocking and aggregating the newly introduced banknotes they serially obtain from ATMs for reasons best known to them,” said.

“While reiterating our commitment to Nigerians to ensure the effective distribution of the newly introduced naira banknotes, we urge them to exercise patience as the is working assiduously to address the challenge of queues at ATMs.

“In line with this resolve, the Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, has directed deposit money banks (DMBs) to commence the payment of the redesigned naira notes over the counter, subject to a maximum daily payout limit of N20,000.

“We also admonish members of the public to embrace and adopt other payment channels for their transactions.”

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