Buhari Unveils New 200, 500,1,000 Naira Notes - EDU-BIZNEWS


Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Buhari Unveils New 200, 500,1,000 Naira Notes

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday formally unveiled the Central Bank of Nigeria's redesigned naira notes including N200, N500 and N1,000 denominations.

The president performed the unveiling of the naira notes at the Council Chambers of the State House in Abuja, before presiding over  the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting.

Governor of the CBN, Godwin Emefiele in an interview with the State House Correspondents after the unveiling, insisted that the move was not targeted at anyone.

Emefiele explained that the redesigned notes would give the apex bank ample control over the amount of money in circulation.

His words ,“This move is to enable the Central Bank of Nigeria have control over the size of money in circulation"

“There is no need to think that the programme is targeted at anyone. During my speech at the unveiling, I said that plans for this started early in the year. We considered the pros and cons carefully.

“In the past, attempts to redesign and reissue currencies have been resisted. Only a President of Muhammadu Buhari’s character could have made it happen,” he said.

At the briefing, Emefiele added that the amount of money that can be withdrawn from the counter would be reduced drastically, adding that bulk withdrawal would require several procedures and security checks to track its use.

This he said would ensure a steady transition into a cashless economy.

The CBN governor also argued that Nigerians have ample time to return the old notes in circulation adding that the apex bank will not extend the January 31, 2023 deadline.

According to him, “As of 2018, we had 86,000 touchpoints nationwide where Nigerians could deposit and withdraw money. In October 2022, that number has risen to 1.4 million touchpoints.

“That is to say we have over 1.4 million bank branches, POS points and other ancillary outfits to enable Nigerians return the old notes.”

Emefiele said the apex bank will now redesign the currency after every five to eight years, as empowered by the constitution.

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