Nigeria to officially launch Digital Currency today

TECHDIGEST – Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari will at the State House in Abuja today formally unveil the Nigerian Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), known as the eNaira with the theme “Same Naira, more possibilities”.

In a statement signed by Osita Nwanisobi, Director, Corporate Communications at CBN, after today’s formal launch by the President, the Bank will further engage various stakeholders as Nigeria enters a new age consistent with global financial advancement.

The launch of the eNaira is a culmination of several years of research work by the Central Bank of Nigeria in advancing the boundaries of payments system in order to make financial transactions easier and seamless for every strata of the society.

The launch is coming following series of engagements with relevant stakeholders including the banking community, fintech operators, merchants and indeed, a cross section of Nigerians.

“The eNaira therefore marks a major step forward in the evolution of money and the CBN is committed to ensuring that the eNaira, like the physical Naira, is accessible by everyone. Given that the eNaira is a journey, the unveiling marks the first step in that journey, which will continue with a series of further modifications, capabilities and enhancements to the platforms,” the statement added.

The statement added that CBN will continue to work with relevant partners to ensure a seamless process that will benefit every user, particularly those in the rural areas and the unbanked population. Since the eNaira is a new product, and amongst the first CBDCs in the world, we have put a structure to promptly address any issue that might arise from the pilot implementation of the eNaira.

 

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