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Naira Redesign: CBN Gives Fresh Update On Deadline For Return Of Old Notes



Naira Redesign: CBN Gives Fresh Update On Deadline For Return Of Old Notes

The Central Bank of Nigeria has urged Nigerians not to wait till January 31, 2023, the deadline before depositing their old naira N200, N500, N1,000 at the bank.

The Apex Bank in a fresh update on the deadline to phase out old naira notes disclosed ,on Monday, to Nigerians in a bulk message

“Don’t wait till January 31, 2023, to deposit your old N200, N500, and N1,000 banknotes with your bank or agent”, the SMS reads.

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Blaze Newz recalls that, the CBN ordered all commercial banks to load their ATMs with the new naira notes.

The Director of Currency Operations, Ahmed Umar, made this disclosure.

“We, CBN management, have ordered banks to stop putting old notes in their ATMs. They should only put the new notes,” he said.

Checks by Blaze Newz gathered that ATM of banks within the capital of Osun State, Osogbo are now dispensing new naira notes.

However, old notes are mixed with new in some banks’ ATM.

Reacting to the development in a chat with DAILY POST, a financial inclusion/wealth management expert, Idakolo Gbolade, called on CBN to extend the deadline to avert a new microeconomic problem occasioned by new naira notes scarcity.

“The CBN needs to adequately address the current scarcity of the new notes as most banks have limited quantities to load their ATMs. When you visit most of the ATMs in urban areas, you will discover partial compliance with the CBN’s directives, as the ATMs are loaded with a mixture of old and new notes.

“Due to the impending deadline, the CBN must release its performance on the distribution of the new notes and probably extend the deadline to ensure that scarcity after the January 31 deadline won’t create a new microeconomic problem for the country”, he said.

Hammed Tajudeen is a graduate of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree with Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication

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