By Nudoiba Ojen
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that the old N200, N500 and N1000 notes remain legal tender indefinitely.
The Director, CBN Corporate Communications, Isa AbdulMumin, said that the deadline earlier given for the old notes had been extended indefinitely “even beyond the initial December 31, 2023, deadline”.
AbdulMumin, in a statement on Tuesday, said, “Without prejudice, the CBN wishes to inform the general public of its desire to extend the legal tender status deadline of the old design of N200, N500 and N1,000 denominations, ad infinitum. This is in line with international best practices and to forestall a repeat of earlier experiences.
“Thus, all banknotes issued by the CBN, in accordance with Section 20(5) of the CBN Act 2007, will continue to remain legal tender, ad infinitum, even beyond the initial December 31, 2023, deadline.
“The CBN is working with the relevant authorities to vacate the subsisting court ruling on the same subject.
“Accordingly, all CBN branches across the country will continue to issue and accept all denominations of Nigerian banknotes, old and redesigned, to and from deposit money banks.
“The general public is enjoined to continue to accept all Naira banknotes (old or redesigned) for day-to-day transactions and handle these banknotes with utmost care, to safeguard and protect the lifecycle of the banknotes.
“Also, the general public is encouraged to embrace alternative modes of payment, e-channels, for day-to-day transactions,” the CBN stated.