Many Deposit Cash Banks are but to adjust to the Supreme Courtroom order approving using outdated N1,000 and N500 and N200 notes as authorized tender for 10 months.
Whereas few banks have commenced partial cost in some states, the money crunch battle bites more durable as clients had been seen on lengthy queues in some branches of the Federal Capital Territory and environs.
The Supreme Courtroom had, final week ordered that the outdated naira notes must be allowed in circulation together with the brand new notes till December 31, 2023.
The court docket had stated the Federal Authorities’s naira redesign coverage contravened the 1999 Structure.
Economic Confidential findings right this moment revealed that business banks had begun partial compliance with the order though the Central Financial institution of Nigeria and the Workplace of the Lawyer Common of the Federation haven’t formally replied.
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Visits by our correspondents to a number of financial institution branches in Bauchi, Lagos, Abuja and different main cities revealed that some banks had commenced compliance with the Supreme Courtroom order whereas others are but to.
Assure Belief financial institution and United Financial institution for Africa branches in Lagos and Abuja paid clients the outdated N1000 and N500 notes on Monday.
Nonetheless, different business banks refused to paid their clients, saying they had been awaiting CBN directive on the matter.
Though the CBN is but to concern a directive to banks on the matter however some banks relied on the Supreme Courtroom ruling to go forward with paying their clients.
on situation of anonymity, A high official tier-1 financial institution says, “No clear official directive from CBN but however our Department right here is Bauchi is but to start cost of outdated notes to clients”.
Nonetheless, officers of FCMB, Polaris Financial institution, Entry Financial institution amongst others additionally stated they had been nonetheless ready for the CBN directive on the matter.
In the meantime, all efforts to get the CBN to touch upon the Supreme Courtroom ruling failed because the appearing Director of Company Communications Division, CBN, Dr Isa Abdulmumin, declined to remark.
On the GTBank in Olowoira, Lagos, a number of clients had been seen on queues amassing the outdated N500 notes from the financial institution’s cashiers.
Nonetheless, some financial institution clients have rejected the outdated notes over fears that merchants won’t settle for them as authorized tender as they don’t seem to be certain merchants will settle for the outdated notes from them.
Additionally, a banker in Kano instructed our correspondent that they had been but to obtain directives from its headquarters on the Supreme Courtroom ruling.
He stated, “Now we have not acquired directives on the Supreme Courtroom ruling to pay out outdated notes”.
For the reason that Supreme Courtroom gave its ruling on Friday, many Nigerians nonetheless awaits the directives from CBN to start the approval cost of outdated notes of their respective banks.
The confusion within the economic system had continued to mount regardless of calls from a number of quarters, urging the Federal Authorities to direct the CBN to adjust to the court docket ruling.
With the delay in CBN directives, the money crunch has continued to chew more durable, placing many in misery.
The Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Challenge had urged Buhari to right away obey the Supreme Courtroom, “to reveal the measures that your authorities is taking to direct the CBN to right away re-circulate the outdated N200, N500, and N1,000 notes, as ordered by the Supreme Courtroom.”