CBN Has Directed Banks To Dispense, Accept Old Notes – Soludo

The Governor of Anambra state, Chukwuma Soludo says the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed commercial banks to pay out old notes to customers.

CBN Has Directed Banks To Dispense, Accept Old Notes - Soludo
Governor Chukwuma Soludo

In a statement on Monday, Soludo said Godwin Emefiele, the CBN governor, confirmed the directive personally to him in a phone conversation, after meeting with the Bankers’ Committee over the weekend.

It could be recalled two weeks ago, the supreme court invalidated the naira redesign policy introduced by the CBN, citing defective timing and implementation.

Delivering judgment in a suit instituted by three states of the federation, a seven-member panel of the apex court held that the old N200, N500 and N1000 notes remain legal tender until December 31, 2023.

However, there is still uncertainty about the true status of things as the old notes are being rejected by traders, even though some banks are dispensing them.

There are also reports that banks are refusing to accept deposits of old currency notes.

Soludo, speaking on the issue, said the CBN gave the directive at a meeting with the Bankers’ Committee held on Sunday, 12th March.

“Commercial banks have been directed by the central bank to dispense old currency notes and also to receive same as deposits from customers,” the governor said.

“Tellers at commercial banks are to generate the codes for deposits and there is no limit to the number of times an individual or company can make deposits.

“The governor of the CBN gave the directive at a Bankers’ Committee meeting held on Sunday, 12th March 2023. The Governor, Dr Godwin Emefiele, confirmed the above to me during a phone conversation on Sunday night.

“Residents of Anambra are therefore advised to freely accept and transact their businesses with the old currency notes (N200; N500; and N1,000) and the new notes.”

Soludo also urged residents to report any bank that refuses to accept deposits of the old notes.

“Anambra state government will not only report such a bank to the CBN but will also immediately shut down the defaulting branch,” he added.

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