Soludo to lead Govs’ committee in meeting with CBN over Naira redesign policy

Soludo to lead Govs’ committee in meeting with CBN over Naira redesign policy

The 36 governors of Nigeria have decided to form a six-member committee, chaired by the governor of Anambra State, Charles Soludo, to work with the Central Bank of Nigeria on matters including the nation’s monetary policy and financial system.

The governors also decided to work with the CBN and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit to advance legitimate goals within the bounds of the country’s legal framework.

Nigeria Governors’ Forum hosted the governors’ first meeting of 2023 on Thursday, January 19, during which they came to the decisions.

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The NGF in a communiqué issued on Saturday signed by the its chairman, the Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal, noted that the recent NFIU advisory and guidelines on cash transactions were outside the NFIU’s legal remit and mandate, and will be headed by Soludo.

The CBN on December 6, 2022 had directed banks, and other financial institutions, payment service bank, primary mortgage banks and microfinance banks to limit the maximum cash withdrawal over the counter by individuals and corporate firms weekly to N100,000 and N500,000 respectively adding that withdrawals above the lower limit would require processing fees of 5% and 10% respectively for individuals and corporate firms henceforth.

The apex bank further directed that third-party cheques above N50,000 shall not be suitable for OTC payment while extant limits of N10 million on clearing cheques stay, following the apex bank’s latest naira notes redesign.

Following pressure from Nigerians and lawmakers, the CBN revealed a revised upward in its cash withdrawal limit, saying individuals can now withdraw N500,000 cash weekly while corporate firms can withdraw up to N5 million cash across all channels comprising Automated Teller Machines and Point Of Sale terminals.

Speaking further the governors expressed the need for the CBN to consider the peculiarities of states especially as they pertain to financial inclusion.

The governors therefore resolved to “set up a six-member Committee to be chaired by Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra State, and the governors of Akwa Ibom, Ogun, Borno, Plateau and Jigawa as members, to engage the CBN in addressing anomalies in the country’s monetary management and financial system.

“Work closely with the CBN leadership to ameliorate areas that require policy variation particularly the poorest households, the vulnerable in society and several other citizens of our country that are excluded.

“Collaborate with the CBN and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit NFIU in advancing genuine objectives within the confines of our laws, noting that the recent NFIU.”

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