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Naira crisis: CBN directs banks to open Saturdays, Sundays

As part of a coordinated effort to ease circulation of banknotes of various denominations, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday directed all commercial banks to open for operation on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Informant247 gathered the apex bank also confirmed the evacuation of banknotes from its vaults to commercial banks across the country.

This is contained in a statement signed by CBN Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Isa AbdulMumin, on Friday, in Abuja, saying a substantial amount of money, in various denominations, had been received by commercial banks, for onward circulation to their respective customers, even as it prevailed on banks, to conduct physical operations in banking halls through the weekends.

The statement read: “The CBN has directed all banks to load their Automated Teller Machines, as well as conduct physical operations in the banking halls through the weekends.

“Branches of commercial banks will operate on Saturdays and Sundays to attend to customers’ cash needs.

“The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele, would personally lead teams to monitor the level of compliance by the banks in various locations across the country,” it stressed.

Therefore, the CBN urged Nigerians to be patient, as the current situation would ease soon, with the injection of more banknotes into circulation.

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