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CBN Launches ‘Cash Swap’ Programme For Rural Areas

The Nigerian Central Bank has announced the launch of a Cash Swap Programme for rural and underserved areas, which takes effect from Monday.

This was disclosed in a circular by the CBN on Friday evening to all Deposit Money Banks, Mobile Money Operators and Super Agents.

The apex bank stated that agents shall exchange a maximum of N10,000 per person.

CBN noted that in furtherance of its Naira redesign policy, it has sustained its nationwide awareness programme, enforced speedy collection of the new notes at CBN branches by the Deposit Money Banks(DMBs) and mandated issuance of the new notes through Automated Teller Machines(ATMs) to ensure distribution is fair, transparent and evenly spread across the country.

“In addition to these measures and in recognition of the need to maximise the channels through which underserved and rural communities can exchange their Naira, the bank is launching a cash swap programme in partnership with Super Agents and DMB.”

It added that the programme enables citizens in rural areas or those with limited access to formal financial services to exchange old Naira notes for redesigned notes, adding the initiative takes effect from Monday.

The Old notes can be exchanged for the newly redesigned notes and for existing lower denominations ( N100,N50 and N20) which remain legal tender.

“ The agent shall exchange a maximum of N10,000 per person. Amounts above N10,000 may be treated as cash-in deposits into wallets or bank accounts in line with the cashless policy. BVN, NIN, or Voter’s card details of the customers should be captured as much as possible.

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“To promote financial inclusion, this service is also available to anybody without a bank account. Agents may on request instantly open a wallet or account, leveraging the CBN Tiered KYC Framework. This will ensure that this category of the populace can exchange or deposit their cash seamlessly without taking unnecessary risk or incurring undue cost”, said CBN.

CBN added that Agents may, on request instantly open a wallet or account, leveraging the CBN Tiered KYC framework, citing that this will ensure this category of the populace can exchange or deposit their cash seamlessly.

It added “Agents shall render weekly returns to their designated banks regarding the cash swap transaction, DMBs shall, in turn, render same to the CBN weekly”

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