Godwin Emefiele, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN),, says the bank has registered eight companies to carry out cash-in-transit (CIT) as part of key policy measures towards promoting effective and efficient currency management in the country.
He also said two cash processing companies (CPC) to operate in Nigeria were also registered.
According to him, deposit money banks (DMBs), otherwise known as commercial banks, are expected to patronise only these registered companies for CIT and sorting services.
The governor said it was expected that more private sector participation would be involved in the currency management value chain.
This, Emefiele said, would further strengthen the efforts toward ensuring availability of clean banknotes.
He said: “I wish to use this opportunity to inform the industry that the Central Bank of Nigeria, as part of its effort towards devolving the retail cash management to the private sector, has approved the revised guidelines for registration of CIT/CPCs.
“These guidelines provide for the operation of CITs and CPCs at both National and Regional levels.
“It is hoped that this would encourage unregistered companies to come under the regulatory purview of the central bank and ensure a nationwide coverage of these services.”
The CBN boss said the bank had also put in place strategies to enable direct disbursement of lower banknotes to various market associations and merchants through their respective commercial banks.
“The intervention commenced in Abuja and has been extended to Lagos, Kano, Enugu, Umuahia, Yola, Jos, Gombe, Asaba, Ibadan, Kastina, Uyo, Minna and Port Harcourt.
“Furthermore, the bank reduced the processing charges for DMB deposit of lower denomination banknotes from N50 to N5 to encourage the return of unsorted banknotes to CBN for processing.
“The bank also intends to embark on a project that would enable mop-up of the over-circulated and mutilated banknotes from circulation.
“Furthermore, the bank would continue to embark on sustainable institutional reforms and enact policies that will promote efficient currency management in Nigeria.
“We will continue to sustain our engagement with key stakeholders, to enable us gain insight into the various challenges that end-users face while processing the banknotes.
“I assure you that all suggestions that will help improve currency management operations would be duly considered.
“Consequently, the two policy documents would be reviewed periodically under the NCMS, in liaison with key stakeholders,” he added.
He congratulated the Currency Operations Department and the Nigerian Cash Management Scheme (NCMS) for their foresight and efforts in producing those two important policy documents.
Emefiele noted that the two documents would assist the public and critical stakeholders identify banknotes that were fit for circulation and those unfit to be withdrawn from circulaion.