Cash swap: CBN deploys 200 agents in Jigawa

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Barely three days to the Jan. 31 deadline for old naira exchange, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has engaged 200 agents to fast track its cash swap policy in Jigawa.

The CBN on Monday embarked on currency swap programme in rural communities as part of plans to phase out old naira notes and enhance collection of new notes.

The programme is being implemented by the CBN official monitors and Deposit Money Banks (DMBs).

The Director of Human Resources, CBN Headquarters, Hajiya Amina Habib stated this at a news conference on Saturday in Dutse.

She said the daily cash swap limit is N10,000 and transfer per head, adding that amount above N10,000 would be treated as deposits.

The gesture, she said, was aimed at increasing circulation of the redesigned naira notes, especially in rural areas.

“Within Jigawa state, we have about 200 agents engaged because we’ve noticed that in rural areas, we have unbanked communities as banks have no physical presence in those areas, hence the need to have agent banking services.

“The agents are representing the banks in those communities providing financial services to the people like opening accounts, and accepting monies on their behalf so that the rural dwellers can lodge or withdraw.

“We’re making a lot of impact in the rural areas from the feedback we’re getting, and our staff and the super agents are in various locations across the state to monitor the situation, and to ensure that the new naira notes circulate,” she said.


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