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Naira redesign: No Nigerian will lose money, Emefiele tells reps

Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele has assured that no Nigerian will lose money under the Naira redesign project, adding that the exercise is in the overall interest of Nigerians and the economy.

Mr. Emefiele gave the assurance on Tuesday during a meeting with the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee on the review of the CBN’s cashless policy and extension of the timeframe of the ongoing currency swap programme.

He added that subject to the provision 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 the February 10 deadline only at the CBN.

“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 CBN to ensure the effective distribution of the new banknotes, Emefiele 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.

Emefiele, who was accompanied to the meeting by all the four deputy governors at the CBN, 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.

The CBN governor also disclosed that the apex bank was working closely with relevant agencies of the Federal Government to ensure full compliance with guidelines issued to the deposit money bank for the seamless distribution of the new banknotes.

Speaking earlier, chairman committee Ado Doguwa expressed the support of the House of Representatives for the cashless policy, stressing that lawmakers would assist the CBN in achieving its mandate in that regard.

Mr Doguwa welcomed the submission of the CBN governor and stressed the need for more collaboration

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