CBN will accept old naira notes after deadline, says Emefiele (corrected)


Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), says the bank will continue to accept old naira notes after the stipulated deadline.


Emefiele spoke on Tuesday when he appeared at an interactive session with the house of representatives ad hoc committee on the currency redesign and naira swap policy.


He said the CBN will also accept the old naira from banks after the February 10 deadline.


Emefiele made reference to the CBN act which mandates the apex bank to continue to accept old notes after its expiration.


However, the CBN governor did not mention a duration when the banks will stop collecting the old notes.


Section 20 (3) of the CBN act states: “Notwithstanding sub-sections (1) and (2) of this section, the bank shall have power, if directed to do so by the president and after giving reasonable notice in that behalf, to call in any of its notes or coins on payment of the face value thereof and any note or coin with respect to which a notice has been given under this sub-section, shall, on the expiration of the notice, cease to be legal tender, but, subject to section 22 of this act, shall be redeemed by the bank upon demand”.


Speaking further on the CBN act, he explained that even after the old currency has lost its legal tender status “we (CBN) are mandated to collect these money (old notes) and I stand with the house of representatives on this”.


 “What does that mean? It could (old notes) have lost its legal tender status which means we have moved on. But if you have your money that you have not been able to send to the bank, we will certainly give you the opportunity to bring them back into the CBN to redeem it. Either you pay it to your bank account or you want to do exchange, we will give you. You will not lose your money. This is the assurance I give to Nigerians,” Emefiele said.

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  1. What a chaotic policy. He should have stick to his guns. He has allowed corruption to rule the roost

    1. They are all very corrupt. We have extremely corrupt in power all of the place. If CBN will continue to collect the old notes after Deadline, then what is the point of having a deadline. Confused people with senseless policies. SHAME! SHAME!! SHAME!!! to all of the people that has sworn to keep Nigeria in bondage. They just wasted billions of Nigerians' fund in a senseless and wasteful endeavors. Corruption will continue to strive unabated. Vote buying will be the order of the day in the 2023 elections.

  2. everybody in Nigeria is confuse as the govt ****we might wake up 2moro with new order ,, wear only white shirt if u are going to 🏦 bank . yeye people

  3. Zubairu Ojo EmmanuelJanuary 31, 2023 at 5:32 PM

    Commercial banks will still collect old naira note after the deadline??? What do we call this level of confusion my fellow people??? Of what need is d deadline???
    Yepa.....naija is now 100% confused.

  4. By this message, there’s no deadline. Take your money anytime you feel like and deposit it. So, what has changed??? CBN!!!

  5. The worst CBN governor ever in the history of Nigeria, just as we are being ruled by the worst President ever. They say one thing, the next moment they do the opposite. God will judge us all.


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