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Business News of Tuesday, 22 November 2022


New Naira Notes: CBN asks banks to accept cash deposits above N500,000

Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele

In its ongoing efforts to ensure full compliance with the deadline for the naira redesign, the Central Bank of Nigeria has directed Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) to accept cash deposits above its cashless policy level.

CBN’s Director of Corporate Communications, Osita Nwanisobi stated this on Thursday, November 10, 2022, at the ongoing 2022 Lagos International Trade Fair.

Nwanisobi said banks have been asked to return existing naira notes to the apex bank immediately and instructed to accept cash deposits above the cashless policy threshold without charges.

According to the CBN’s cashless policy, a cumulative daily limit of N500,00 and N3m withdrawals and lodgments for individuals and corporate customers, respectively, without charges, a BusinessDay report said.

Similarly, the banks have adjusted the operation hours and offered alternative deposit methods to their customers.

ThisDay report said that Access Bank, in a recent message to its customers, said it is offering alternative channels to its customers and extending its banking hours to 6 pm to allow cash deposits.

Also, the bank stated that it would begin Saturday banking to allow customers to meet the CBN deadline of January. The bank said: “Our customers can deposit their existing Naira notes using any of these channels closest to them with ease.

Our branches will be open for longer hours during the week for your convenience, and they will also be open on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm to receive cash deposits.” Fidelity bank also said it had started weekend banking and extension of banking hours for its customers to enable them to cope with the deadline.