The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said there is no plans for the redenomination of the Naira, set to take effect from January 2023.
The response from the CBN comes in light of an assertion implying its intention to redenominate the nation’s official currency.
In a statement signed by CBN’s Director of Corporate Communications, Isa AbdulMumin, posted on its official website on Tuesday, said the apex bank notes that while the bank may be considering reforms, it has to be in line with the CBN Act, 2007.
The statement reads: “The attention of the CBN has been drawn to the wide circulation of a text message suggesting that the Bank plans to redenominate the Country’s legal tender, the Naira, with effect from January 2024.
“We are concerned that this narrative, which we had refuted before now, appears to be gaining traction with several debates on the implication of such a policy for the Nigerian economy.
“We wish to reiterate that the contents of the message are misleading. The authors of the message, in their mischief, modified text taken from an old policy move by a previous CBN Governor in 2007 to make it appear recent.
“To avoid doubt, there is currently no plan by the Bank to restructure and redenominate the Naira. Whilst the Bank may be considering reforms, such are subject to laid down procedures in line with the provisions of the CBN Act, 2007.
“The public is hereby advised to ignore the news report, as it is speculative and calculated to cause panic in the polity.”