The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has stated that the apex bank allocates new naira notes to banks on a daily basis, however, the scarcity of the redesigned naira is due to the fact that some Nigerians are hoarding the currency.
This statement was made by the CBN Director, Consumer Protection, Mrs Rashidat Mongunu, on Thursday in Offa, Kwara State, while on a monitoring exercise to microfinance banks.
According to her, ”There is naira out there, I have been in Kwara for over three weeks now and we have been allocating money daily. But now, everybody collecting the naira is hoarding it. So, no matter how much naira we put out there, if we continue with this attitude and the CBN issue from now till December, it will still not be enough.
The CBN Director added that the situation could only get better when people started spending money already hoarded because enough money was already in circulation.
She added that the CBN was already engaging traditional rulers to sensitive their people to have a positive attitude and be confident that the naira redesign policy was not to punish anyone but to better the economy.
In his remark, Daily Trust reports that the Olofa of Offa, Oba Gbadamosi Esuwoye II said the extension of the legality of the old notes from Jan. 31 to Feb. 10 was responsible for the problems people are facing currently.
He said people had already deposited all that they have on Jan. 30 in anticipation to start spending the new notes in February hoping that it would be available, but it’s not so.