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CBN suspends cashless policy, asks banks to refund charges

CBN suspends cashless policy, asks banks to refund charges
April 21
13:08 2017

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has suspended its earlier directive on the implementation of cashless policy.

In a circular released on Friday, the apex bank instructed banks to revert to old charges and refund customers who had been debited.

CBN had earlier announced new charges on deposit and withdrawals above a threshold of N500,000.

The apex bank had directed banks to charge 5% and 10% for deposits and withdrawals above N40m in the corporate category.

The bank had fixed 1.5% and 2% for deposits ranging from N500,000 and N1 million in the individual category.

But in the circular signed by Dipo Fatokun, director, banking and payments system department, CBN said the existing policy before the announcement of the new policy shall remain in place in Lagos, Ogun, Kano, Abia, Anambra, Rivers and Abuja.

“You will recall that a directive was issued on the nationwide implementation of the cashless policy vide our circulars with reference numbers BPS/DIR/GEN/CIR/04/001 dated February 21 and BPS/DIR/GEN/CIR/04/002 dated March 16,” the circular read.

“Please note that the new withdrawal and deposit processing fee charges above the threshold, as contained in the circulars referenced above, are hereby suspended until further notice. The position of the policy shall now revert to the status quo ante.”

The old charges to be reverted to 3% processing fee for withdrawals above N500,000 in the individual category and 5% for withdrawals above N3 million.

“The new policy already applied effective April 1, 2017 as contained in the circulars in reference above should be reversed and the old charges be applied. All necessary refunds should be made accordingly.”


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  1. Manny
    Manny April 21, 18:05

    Na wa for CBN o. Which kind policy somersaults be this? Monday this. Tuesday that. Then Wednesday both Monday and Tuesday policies are reversed! Na real wah!!

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  2. Ichoku the Parrot
    Ichoku the Parrot April 21, 20:34

    Should Mr. Director not have given some insight into what led to the reversal to status quo ante? Why leave out that very important aspect of while leaving room for speculation by all and sundry?

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  3. Topmost
    Topmost April 22, 08:50

    Think CBN is not yet ready to assist FG in fighting the tax invaders. Reversal of this new cashless policy means that people with savings acct should continue using the acct for businesses without paying any tax… When exactly will Nigeria meet up with cashless environment?

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  4. Samuel
    Samuel April 25, 10:39

    Please o, me I don’t get this cashless policy. And whatever is ante? Are we looking at gambling here? Playing games with our money?
    Where is the removed % going?
    What benefit will the payer derive?
    Someone selling recharge cards and needs to stock goods of 500k you remove 3% or 5%, do you know how much they will make in profit per card? Why the charges?
    Are you people not helping to kill businesses and entrepreneurial instincts intermittently?
    These are what I don’t know. Someone should help with these

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