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Nigeria’s Digital Currency Ready By December – CBN

Nigeria's Digital Currency Ready By December - CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is planning to launch Nigeria’s first digital currency before the end of 2021.

The Director-Information Technology Department, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mrs Rakiyat Mohammed, made this known on Thursday during a press briefing on the Bankers’ Committee meeting.

According to her, the digital money will complement the notes and coins that are currently Nigeria’s legal tender.

She said about 80 per cent of central banks in the world were exploring the possibility of issuing central bank digital currency and Nigeria could not be left behind.

“As I said before the end of the year, the Central Bank will be making special announcement and possibly launching a pilot scheme in order to be able to be able to provide this kind of currency to its populace,” she said.

Mohammed added, “We have in two forms in Nigeria as of now, there are the notes and there are the coins.

“So, the Central Bank currency is to be the third form of money which means just as we have electronic money, digital money is not new in Nigeria.

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“Just as we are about the third or fifth in the whole world as far as advancement in the use of digital money is concerned. So, this is going to compliment the coins and cash that we have.

“The Central Bank digital currency will just be as good as you having cash in your pocket and even as you have the cash in your pocket, you are going to have the cash on your phone.”

She said the Central Bank was looking at different use cases for the digital currency, especially in terms of remittances.

The director said, “We all know how money has to travel for someone to send money from Nigeria to abroad and it is a huge money in Africa.

“We also know that recent report by EfiNA was that our target was to achieve 80 per cent financial inclusion. We are about 60 per cent and at the rate at which we are going, we are not going to meet this target.”

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