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Naira redesign: CBN directs banks to begin Saturday operations

The Central Bank of Nigeria has instructed commercial banks in the country to work on Saturdays till January 31, 2023, to enable bank customers to return old naira notes for new ones.

The CBN had announced plans to redesign, produce, release, and circulate new series of banknotes on December 15, 2022.

Speaking at the CBN fair in Ilorin, Kwara State capital on Thursday, Director, Corporate Communications Department of the apex bank, Mr. Osita Nwasinobi, said that the new and existing currencies would remain legal tenders and circulate together until January 31, 2023, when the existing current shall cease to be legal tenders in Nigeria.

The CBN Fair is themed, “Promoting financial stability and economic development.”

Represented by Acting Director, Corporate Communications, CBN, Akpama Uket, the director said that Deposit Money Banks had been directed to immediately start returning the existing currencies to the CBN.

They have also been instructed to receive the existing banknotes beyond the threshold stipulated by the Cashless Policy without charges to customers.

“Consequently, you must return all the current N200, N500, and N1,000 banknotes to your bank before the expiration of the deadline.”

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