The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will unveil the redesigned naira notes on Wednesday, November 23,2022.
Godwin made this disclosure at the apex bank’s Monetary Policy Committee monthly meeting in Abuja.
The CBN governor said the bank made a decision not to wait till the initial Thursday, December 15 date of unveiling the redesigned naira notes.
Recall that Emefiele had announced in October that the apex bank would issue redesigned N200, N500, and N1,000 notes, effective December 15, 2022,
He noted that the early unveiling will help quicken the phasing out of the existing naira notes.
“100 days is enough for any person from any part of Nigeria to deposit his money in the bank and get his money when the new notes are released,” Emefiele said.
“For information, indeed, we are no longer waiting till December 15th to unveil and begin to release the new notes.
“By the special grace of God, tomorrow, which is the 23rd of November 2022, the President has graciously accepted to unveil the new currencies and the new currencies will be unveiled tomorrow at the Federal Executive Chamber by 10am.”
According to him, the CBN will not shift its deadline for all old notes to be returned to commercial banks in exchange for newly designed ones.
The CBN MPC also hiked monetary policy to 16.5% from 15.5% while all other parameters remained unchanged.
Emefiele said that existing notes would seize to be regarded as legal tender by January 31, 2023.