Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
Governor of Anambra State, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has warned commercial banks in Anambra to start collecting old currencies or risk being shutdown in the state.
A statement made available to newsmen and obtained by Ikengaonline Monday morning directed residents in the state to freely accept and transact their businesses with the old currency.
The statement personally signed by the Governor informed the residents that there is no limit to the number of times they can deposit their money in the banks and instructed them to report any bank that fails to adhere to the instruction.
It read: “Commercial banks have been directed by the Central Bank to dispense old currency notes and to also receive same as deposits from customers.
“Tellers at the commercial banks are to generate the codes for deposits and there is no limit to the number of times an individual or company can make deposits.
“The Governor of the CBN gave the directive at a Bankers’ Committee meeting held on Sunday, 12th March, 2023. The Governor, Godwin Emefiele, personally confirmed the above to me during a phone conversation on Sunday night.
“Residents of Anambra are therefore, advised to freely accept and transact their businesses with the old currency notes (N200; N500; and N1,000) as well as the new notes.
“Residents should report any bank that refuses to accept deposits of the old notes. Anambra State Government will not only report such a bank to the CBN, but will also immediately shut down the defaulting branch.”