Senate tells CBN to extend deadline for the use of old naira notes to June 2023 instead of January 31st
Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno-south, during a plenary session asked Central Bank of Nigeria to extend the withdrawal and use of Old naira notes to June 2023, Raw Nigeria reports.
The Senator said that ending circulation of the old naira notes by end of January would impose serious hardship on Nigerians.
“This senate notes that many Nigerian banks on Thursday, December 15, opened their vaults to customers and depositors to exchange their old currency for the newly redesigned currency which has a stipulated deadline of January 31,” Ndume said.
“Some Nigerians are already envisaging long queues in the banking halls across the country as a result of people trying to get access to the new naira note.
“The old notes are expected to be in circulation along the new ones until January 31 when the old ones are expected to be phased out.
“It is expected that many Nigerian businesses will start rejecting the old notes as soon as banks start paying redesigned notes to customers.”
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The motion was, therefore, seconded by Adamu Aliero, senator representing Kebbi central, who said, “the timing needs to be extended to allow every Nigerian to play his/her role. I support the motion that this withdrawal date is extended to June 30, 2023.”
Last week, the World Bank warned that the timing and short transition period of the naira redesign policy may have negative impacts on economic activity.
“At present, households and firms already face elevated financial pressures from prolonged, high inflation, recently compounded by external food and fuel price shocks, and the severe floods, and phasing out existing naira notes over a short time period may add to their challenges,” the bank said.
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