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IMF advises CBN to extend February 10 deadline for naira notes

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to extend the February 10 deadline for swapping old naira notes with the redesigned ones.

The Bretton Woods institution gave the counsel on Wednesday, in the wake of the challenges faced by Nigerians across the country over the banknote swap process.

“In light of hardships caused by disruptions to trade and payments due to the shortage of new bank notes available to the public, in spite of measures introduced by the CBN to mitigate the challenges in the banknote swap process, the IMF encourages the CBN to consider extending the deadline, should problems persist in the next few days leading up to the February 10, 2023 deadline,” IMF said in a statement on Wednesday.

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