President Muhammadu Buhari will, on Monday, formally unveil the country’s first digital currency, eNaira. Osita Nwasinobi, spokesperso…
President Muhammadu Buhari will, on Monday, formally unveil
the country’s first digital currency, eNaira.
Osita Nwasinobi, spokesperson of the CBN, disclosed this in
a statement on Saturday.
The apex bank had postponed the unveiling of the eNaira on
October 1, citing key activities lined up for the country’s 61st independence
Nwasinobi said the launch of the eNaira is a culmination of
several years of research by the apex bank in advancing the boundaries of
payment systems in order to make financial transactions easier and seamless.
“Following series of engagements with relevant stakeholders
including the banking community, fintech operators, merchants and indeed, a
cross section of Nigerians, the CBN designed the digital currency, which shall
be activated on Monday, October 25, 2021,” the statement reads.
“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 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.
“Accordingly, following Monday’s formal launch by the
President, the Bank will further engage various stakeholders as we enter a new
age consistent with global financial advancement.”
He added that the theme of the eNaira launch is ‘Same Naira,
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