New N200, N500, N1000 notes will be in circulation by December 15 — CBN
The governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, has disclosed that the apex bank redesigned the N200, N500, and N1000 notes following a request by the federal government.
Emefiele disclosed this during a news conference on Wednesday.
He noted that the new notes would be in circulation by December 2022.
NewsWireNGR recalls the last time the CBN redesigned a naira notes was in 2014 when the design of the N100 naira note was changed to commemorate 100 years since the nation was created.
He noted; “In line with this approval, we have finalized arrangements for the new currency to begin circulation from December 15, 2022. The new and existing currencies shall remain legal tender and circulate together until January 31, 2023 when the existing currencies shall seize to be legal tender.
“Accordingly, all Deposit Money Banks currently holding the existing denominations of the currency may begin returning these notes back to the CBN effective immediately. The newly designed currency will be released to the banks in the order of First-come-First-serve basis.
“Customers of banks are enjoined to begin paying into their bank accounts the existing currency to enable them withdraw the new banknotes once circulation begins in mid-December 2022. All banks are therefore expected to keep open, their currency processing centers from Monday to Saturday so as to accommodate all cash that will be returned by their customers.
“For the purpose of this transition from existing to new notes, bank charges for cash deposits are hereby suspended with immediate effect. Therefore, DMBs are to note that no bank customer shall bear any charges for cash returned/paid into their accounts.
“Members of the public are to please note that the present notes remain legal tender and should not be rejected as a means of exchange for purchase of goods and services.
“We would like to use this opportunity to reassure the general public that the CBN would continue to monitor both the financial system in particular, and the economy in general, and always act in good faith for the achievement of the Bank’s objectives and the betterment of the country.”