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CBN to Redesign Naira
Daily Trust (Abuja)

January 30, 2006
Posted to the web January 30, 2006

Ahmed I. Shekarau


The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is planning to redesign the nation's currency, the Naira, this year, in an exercise that may lead to the introduction of more coins and polymer notes among the denominations of the naira.

Although the CBN is yet to make an official pronouncement on the nature and dateline for the exercise, Daily Trust learnt that the entire structure of the naira may take a new shape early in the third quarter of this year.

Daily Trust learnt that this is part of the 13-point reform agenda for the apex bank unveiled by the CBN Governor, Professor Charles Soludo, in July 2004 and the comprehensive review of the nation's currency structure which started with the design and issuance of the 1000 note in October last year.

A dependable source told Daily Trust that "the planned exercise will see the face of the naira change significantly, with most of the smaller denominations being converted to coins while polymer currency will be introduced among the higher denominations".

The source said that "the CBN may also be planning to emboss certain notable landmarks across the country on some of the naira denominations to either replace or juxtapose the human features on them".

The source said the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting (NSPM) Plc might have been notified of this plan, thereby leading to a seeming deliberate delay by the bank to forward its currency (request) index for the year 2005 to the minting company.

Daily Trust gathered that the CBN's currency indent for an upcoming year is usually forwarded to the NSPM Plc, otherwise referred to as 'The Mint' in the last quarter of the outgoing year. But up to last week, our source said, the apex bank was yet to send the 2006 naira indent.

Meanwhile, a cross section of Nigerians have started expressing anxiety over the planned currency restructuring, particularly on the likely implications of the exercise on the value of the naira and the Nigerian payment system.A civil servant, Mr. Austine Deshi, wondered "if this exercise being planned will not cost our illiterate parents in the villages heavily as the government changes the face of the naira".

Mr. Deshi is of the view that "the central bank should devote more time to public enlightenment before the proposed changes take shape".

On his part, Alhaji Abdulkadir Garba of Millennium Network Consult, said, "I'm more worried about the confusion this kind of action will bring to the petty traders and other less educated persons, especially in the rural areas".

He further expressed strong reservations for any attempt to replace some of the current features on the different denominations with some landmarks. "For instance, how do you replace these fallen heroes with some landmarks, however strategic such attractions will appear".

But when contacted yesterday on telephone to offer further explanations on the CBN's proposed redesign of the naira, and the anxiety it is generating, the apex bank's Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Festus Odoko, maintained that the bank is yet to unveil its detailed plans for the exercise.

Mr. Odoko who confirmed the proposed currency restructuring said: "For now, the bank has not come out with security features and other symbols that might feature on the redesigned notes. So it will be premature for people to start debating or speculating what would be there and what will be the consequences of such changes".

Daily Trust gathered that the proposed naira redesign is in line with the CBN's efforts to give Nigerians currency designs that could check counterfeiting and fit into modern business practices.

It is also in line with its clean currency policy; thus, the plan to campaign strenuously to get Nigerians to accept more coins, side-by-side with the polymer.

The CBN under Soludo, has issued 3.6billion pieces of banknotes, including 120million pieces of the 1000 note."



Quelle: http://allafrica.com/stories/200601300899.html
 
hey, das sehe ich ja erst jetzt :wut:

mal sehen ob der zweite anlauf gelingt :respekt:
 
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