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CBN Deploys 30,000 Agents Nationwide To Boost Cash Swap

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said it has deployed 30,000 super agents nationwide to enhance its cash swap initiative in the hinterlands, rural areas, and regions underserved by banks in the country.

The deployment of the 30,000 super agents was also to ensure that the weak and vulnerable persons are able to take their monies to the banks before the expiration of the deadline.

Also, the apex bank, in compliance with Sections 20 (3) and 22 of the CBN Act, further offered a seven-day grace period beginning from February 10 to February 17, allowing Nigerians to deposit their old naira notes at the CBN after the February deadline when the old currency would have lost its legal tender status.

The CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, made this known in a statement he personally signed on Sunday.

Also speaking with journalists in the president’s country home, Daura, Katsina State, on Sunday, Emefiele said the extension of the deadline was to enable more Nigerians successfully change their currencies to the redesigned banknotes, reduce the risk of loss, especially among the underserved in rural areas.

However, while the Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives led by Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, applauded the CBN for listening to Nigerians and extending the deadline, the Chairman of the House Adhoc Committee on the Naira Re-design and Naira Swap Policy, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa, rejected the extension, insisting that the CBN must comply with Sections 20, sub-section 3, 4, and 5 of the CBN Act.


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