The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has denied claims that the scarcity of the newly redesigned Naira notes was caused by a shortage of printing materials.
Over the last couple of days, some news outlets had been reporting about the shortage of currency printing materials at the Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC).
BRANDPOWER reports that the news outlets quoted the CBN governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, as attributing the challenge in the distribution of the new notes to shortage of materials.
According to a statement by Osita Nwanisobi, CBN’s Director, Corporate Communications Department, at no time did Emefiele make such disclosure during his presentation to the National Council of States during its meeting on Friday.
“What the CBN governor told the meeting was that the NSPMC was working on printing denominations of the Naira to meet the transaction needs of Nigerians,” Nwanisobi said.
He expressed CBN’s appreciation to various stakeholders for their concern about their distribution of the Naira.
He, however, said that the apex bank was alarmed at the extent at which vested interests were attempting to manipulate facts and pit Nigerians against the CBN.
FULL TEXT OF CBN PRESS STATEMENT:
CBN Debunks False Claims About Capacity of NSPMC Plc, Alleged Threats To Close Some Deposit Money Banks
The attention of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been drawn to a misleading report misquoting the Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, as attributing the current challenge in the distribution of the newly redesigned naira banknotes to a shortage of printing materials at the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company Plc.
We wish to state categorically that at no time did the CBN Governor disclose this during his presentation to the National Council of State at its meeting on Friday, February 10, 2023.
For the records, what Mr. Emefiele told the meeting was that the NSPMC was working on printing all denominations of the Naira to meet the transaction needs of Nigerians.
While the CBN appreciates the concerns shown by all stakeholders about the distribution of the Naira, we are alarmed at the extent to which vested interests are attempting to manipulate facts and pitch the public against the Bank.
For the avoidance of doubt, the CBN remains committed to performing its monetary policy functions, as stipulated in the CBN Act, 2007, as amended. We also wish to restate that the NSPMC has the capacity and enough materials to produce the required indent of the Naira.
The Bank, therefore, wishes to appeal to the public to disregard the said report and exercise more restraint, even as we work assiduously to increase the circulation of the new notes in the country.
Similarly, there is a misleading voice note trending in social media alleging that the CBN planned to shut down some banks, particularly in a particular geopolitical region of the country.
We wish to state unequivocally that there is no such plan and that the claims are illogical and do not comply with the workings of the Nigerian banking system. The public is therefore advised to ignore such recordings as they do not represent the policy thrust of the CBN and are only the desperate attempts of persons bent on inciting the public against the Bank.
Director, Corporate Communications
February 10, 2023