Ask Nigeria Header Logo

Analysts urge more use of the new notes

Photo of author

By Abdulwasiu Usman

CBN stands firm on the existing banknote deadline, 31 January 2022.

Analysts have urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to raise more public awareness on the currency reform implemented, especially among rural dwellers, markets, and other residents at the grassroots level, as the deadline for using old N200, N500, and N1, 000 banknotes as legal tender issued by the CBN gradually approaches. While the new banknotes will begin circulation on 15 December 2022, the old ones will continue to be legal money until 31 January 2023, as indicated by CBN Governor Mr. Godwin Emefiele.

Emefiele stands firm on the CBN stances of the existing banknote deadline, 31 January 2022, noting that the 100 days provided for the people to deposit existing banknotes in commercial banks was adequate. President Muhammadu Buhari, on 23 November 2022, unveiled the redesigned N200, N500, and N1, 000 banknotes during the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting. The move was explained to control money supplies and circulation and address currency counterfeiting and terrorism, among others.

CBN should address the availability issues of the new banknotes.

However, the Senate last week urged the central bank to extend the suspension date of the existing currency notes from January 31 to June 30, 2023. Subsequently, analysts also revealed to the media that the government should increase awareness of the new banknotes saying that it has not been easily accessible to Nigerians since their inception. In addition, analysts also lament that most market women and rural dwellers are currently rejecting the new banknotes as legal tender.

Nasarawa State University, Keffi Professor of Finance and Capital Markets Uche Uwaleke told the media that he disagrees with the appeal to extend the deadline for withdrawing old notes but noted that the CBN should address concerns about the availability of the new banknotes. In addition, he explains why he opposes extending it to June 30, 2023: doing so would undermine one of the goals of the currency reform, which is to prevent vote-buying, as the general election would have already taken place by then. Uwaleke said the new banknotes have been in limited circulation for more than two weeks after their introduction on December 15, 2022.

The new notes should be largely circulated by now.

Uwaleke speculated that banks were stockpiling the new naira notes for the holiday season’s delivery to their high-net-worth clientele, the vast majority of whom are politicians. Uwaleke said he expects the CBN to issue additional new notes and supervise bank dispersal if the January 31, 2023 deadline is to be met. In light of the recent changes to the policy governing the maximum amount of cash that may be withdrawn at once, this is now obligatory. Uwaleke predicted a circumstance in which the deadline is prolonged by at least two weeks in light of the sluggish pace and the uneven mentality around the circulation of the new naira notes.

Also, in his remarks, Managing Director/Chief Executive Dignity Finance and Investment Limited, Dr Chijioke Ekechukwu, emphasized the need to create more awareness and enlighten Nigerians. He noted that rural dwellers prefer the currency they already know and would rather not sell than receive the new naira. According to the former Director General Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), said by now, the new currency should have circulated very well to enable mass access to it. Also, all ATMs should have been dispensing new notes, and banks should now be paying only new notes. Going this way will make the target achievable.

Nigerians could end up striving for new banknotes.

On his part, Managing Director/Chief Executive, SD&D Capital Management Limited, Mr Idakolo Gbolade, said the new notes have been scarce and impacted by counterfeits, adding that the current note deadline as a legal currency would see Nigerians racing and straining for the new notes. According to him, the most extensive ramifications when the old legal tenders become obsolete is that it would lead to a loss of value for those possessing the old notes, which might result in massive protests by the already impoverished, as it were, to still be at danger of losing the little they have obtained. Gbolade said that losing such vast amounts of money might be detrimental to the country’s economy.


Related Link

CBN: Website

The content on AskNigeria.com is given for general information only and does not constitute a professional opinion, and users should seek their own legal/professional advice. There is data available online that lists details, facts and further information not listed in this post, please complete your own investigation into these matters and reach your own conclusion. AskNigeria.com accepts no responsibility for losses from any person acting or refraining from acting as a result of content contained in this website and/or other websites which may be linked to this website.

Fact Checking Tool – Snopes.com

0 0 votes
Rate This Article
21 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Admin
8 months ago

Analysts urge more use of the new notes – CBN stands firm on the existing banknote deadline, 31 January 2022. – Express your point of view.

Last edited 8 months ago by AN-Toni
theApr
theApr
Member
8 months ago

Since the introduction of the new banknotes, Nigerians have not had easy access to them; the government should raise public awareness of them. Additionally, the majority of market vendors and rural residents are currently refusing to accept the new banknotes as legal cash.

Remi1
Remi1
Member
8 months ago

It seem like enough awareness has not been created about the new notes. Most market women are refusing to collect it. And there’s also allegedly lots of fake notes out there.

Abusi
Abusi
Member
8 months ago

Some of these notable banks done even have the new notes. I don’t understand how the new money will quickly go into circulation when it has not been given out.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
Member
8 months ago

There should be no going back on the deadline for the old naira note withdrawal from circulation by CBN. Please, there is the urgent need by CBN to create more awareness of the new naira note among the market women and in the rural areas.

DimOla
DimOla
Member
8 months ago

I strongly disagree with the Senate, the CBN shouldn’t extend to June 30, but maintain the already stipulated date for old naira note withdrawal. Please, the should be more new note in circulation especially at the ATM to fast track the circulation.

jdpumping
jdpumping
Member
8 months ago

The new notes is so scarce as at now and the old notes is expected to be stopped by month end,how do we get the new notes in circulation so all can be able to make use of it as means of exchange.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
Member
8 months ago

The Central Bank of Nigeria has been encouraged by financial analysts to increase public knowledge on the currency reform that was recently adopted.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
Member
8 months ago

the Central Bank of Nigeria’s stances on the expiration of the current banknote namely that the 100 days given to the people to deposit existing banknotes in commercial banks was sufficient.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
Member
8 months ago

No easy access to the new notes yet. I’m still wondering how the new notes will go in circulation given the deadline. The government should raise public awareness and postpone deadline!…

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
8 months ago

It was noted that the decision was made to manage money supplies and circulation, as well as to handle other issues such as currency counterfeiting and terrorism.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
Member
8 months ago

The new banknote as not circulate round at all and some are not accepting it more awareness should be made and let people know the new banknote is taking over

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
8 months ago

The majority of market women and people living in rural areas are currently refusing to accept the new banknotes as legal cash, which observers regret.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
8 months ago

Analysts urge more use of the new notes. But the new note is not available to use. Why is this urge, if the new note is available definitely will use

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
8 months ago

Because the general election would have already taken place by the time this action was taken, it would be counterproductive to the purpose of the currency reform, which is to eliminate the practice of purchasing votes.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
8 months ago

If the old legal tenders stop being accepted, it would have far-reaching effects since people who hold onto them will lose value. This might spark major protests among the already poor.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
8 months ago

Nigerians have not had much success in gaining access to them; the government should work to change that. Meanwhile, most shopkeepers in towns and villages are still refusing to take the new currencies as payment.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
Member
8 months ago

Not all of these prestigious financial institutions have the new currency yet. If the additional money isn’t distributed right away, I don’t see how it can fast enter circulation.

Christiana
Christiana
Member
8 months ago

the Central Bank of Nigeria’s position that 100 days was enough for citizens to deposit existing currencies in commercial banks.

Bola12
Bola12
Member
8 months ago

CBN should not delay the old naira note withdrawal date. CBN must urgently raise market women’s and rural people’s awareness of the new naira currency.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
8 months ago

This is actually true. Since the new notes was launch I have not set my eyes on it despite the fact that I stay in urban area and still uses ATM from time to time. CBN should release more of the new note as they round out the existing one.