The ruling does not affect the cash withdrawal policy
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had in December announced a new policy that mandates deposit money banks and other financial institutions to ensure that over-the-counter cash withdrawals by individuals and corporate entities do not exceed N100,000 and N500, 000, respectively, per week. The revised cash withdrawal limits, contained in a circular took effect nationwide on January 9, 2023.
The policy has been mostly chaotic with long queues appearing in banks across the country and often leading to violence and protests. Nigerians have complained bitterly about the policy especially when online banking services have also been fraught with system downtimes.
After several complaints the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in January reviewed the policy, increasing weekly withdrawals for individuals and corporate organizations to N500,000 and N5 million, respectively. Despite this, banks still do not have enough cash to dispense to customers while many ATMs still record long queues and limited withdrawals.
The cash scarcity has only continued to frustrate more Nigerians especially poor people who rely on cash for their livelihood.
The central bank claims the policy is designed to reduce the amount of money in circulation with was estimated at about N3 trillion at the time.
The CBN mentioned that the policy on revised cash withdrawal limits is in line with its cashless policy and was to encourage more Nigerians to use alternative channels such as USSD, debit cards, POS, eNaira to carry out their banking transactions.
It also said the policy is also part of the apex bank’s plans to protect the newly redesigned banknotes and guard against their misuse, counterfeiting, and hoarding.
Since then, a combination of the introduction of new naira notes and the cash withdrawal limit policy has led to a reduction in currency in circulation, reducing to about a low of N1.39 trillion in January 2023. This represents the lowest level since December 2015, or seven years ago.
In addition, currency outside banks, which represents the total currency in the hands of the public, fell to a record low of N788.92 billion in January 2023 according to data from the Central Bank of Nigeria. The apex bank was also able to mop up N1.78 trillion from the hands of the public with its monetary policies, reducing the currency outside the vaults of the banking system from N2.57 trillion recorded as of December 2022 to N788.92 billion.
I don’t know what messages are getting to the President and his cabinet. The economy is getting deep into serious downturn. There is massive decline in staff reporting for duty, artisans are not getting jobs, people are not feeding well any longer etc For instance, nobody will send fund via alert to an artisan who has not reported to site.
The government should have ceased the momentum of the supreme court judgement and announced it’s acceptance for immediate implementation. Let rule of law be the topmost consideration on this matter. The economy requires optimum rejuvenation at this point. Otherwise, the various macroeconomic targets for the year are being jeopardized.We need to spend our of this recession starting us in the face. PMB should avoid laying economic mines and banana pills for the incoming administration.
More new notes should be printed rather than undoing what has been done
When a wicked man rules the people suffer, but when a righteous man rules the people rejoices
The federal government should as a matter of urgency, accept this judgement. Nigerians are suffering seriously.
When western countries control your economy…this I what happens…
You are failure, who is talking about withdrawal limit here, you confiscated peoples money and giving them 1000, 2000 naira per day, Do you know how many lives you have wasted on stupid policy no remorse, you are a comdermed criminal and you can not escape the judgement in this and in life to me.
This PMB is a tool in the hand of devil, how can his family be living well with Nigeria money, while we suffer.. A lot of Nigeria lost their lives due to this scarcity of cash, God will surly not let this rubber stamp of a president and his family go unpunished..
CBN should work on the the telecommunications to ensure that the network are ok, and if all of them need help gov. Should find a way of helping them to have a stable network that will enhanced the cashless policy, network is frustrating pls.
This government has shown indifference regarding masses plight.remember the suffering of the masses you will have God to contend.
Just make more new naira note available in all Banks even if #20000 is the withdrawal limit the complain of the poor masses will be over