By Aaron Ossai
As controversy continues to trail the redesigning of the naira and deadline for swapping of the old notes, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele has assured that no Nigerian will lose money over the policy.
Speaking when he met with the House of Representatives ad hoc Committee on the Review of the apex Bank’s cashless policy and the extension of the deadline for the currency swap, he said that the naira redesign project is in the overall interest of Nigerians and the economy.
Speaking further, Emefiele said that subject to the provisions of Section 20(3) of the CBN Act, Nigerians would be given the opportunity to redeem the face value of the naira in their possession after the currency would have lost its legal tender status on January 10, 2023 deadline only at the apex bank.
“Nigerians will not lose their money,” he declared, just as he sought the cooperation of the National Assembly to ensure the success of the programme.
While reeling out the steps taken by the Bank to ensure the effective distribution of the new banknotes, he disclosed that about N1.9 trillion had so far been collected since the commencement of the exercise.
According to him, the currency redesign policy had so far recorded about a 75 per cent success rate given the fact that many of those in the rural and underserved locations across the 36 states of the country have had the opportunity of swapping their old banknotes for the new series of the banknotes.
The CBN Governor, who was accompanied to the meeting by all the four deputy governors at the Bank, disclosed that the Bank had deployed about 30,000 super agents to work with the Bank’s staff currently in the hinterland to ensure that the underserved and vulnerable members of the society are adequately catered for.
He further disclosed that the CBN was working closely with relevant agencies of the Federal Government to ensure full compliance with the CBN guidelines issued to the deposit money bank for the seamless distribution of the new banknotes.
In his remarks at the meeting, the Chairman of the Special Ad-hoc committee, Honourable Ado Doguwa, expressed the support of the House of Representatives for the cashless policy of the Bank, stressing that the House would assist the CBN in achieving its mandate in that regard.
He therefore welcomed the submission of the CBN Governor and stressed the need for more collaboration.