Reps ask CBN to suspend new charges on transaction

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The House of representatives has urged the CBN to suspend the new charges placed on Nigerians under its new cashless policy.

This followed a motion moved by member from Abia state Mr Benjamin Kalu on the need to suspend the policy.

Mr Kalu maintained that the Implementation of the policy would have negative impact on micro, mini, small and medium enterprises.

Recently, the CBN orders Deposit Banks to charge customers for cash deposit and withdrawal for certain threshold.

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Starting from September 18, 2019, Nigerians operating bank accounts will begin to pay charges for deposits and withdrawals.

Making the announcement on Tuesday, the Central Bank of Nigeria said that the nationwide implementation of the cashless policy will begin by March 2020.

The apex bank said that implementation of the policy would signal the imposition of charges on deposits in addition to already existing charges on withdrawals.

According to the circular, the charges will attract three per cent processing fees for withdrawals and two per cent processing fees for lodgments of amounts above N500,000 for individual accounts.

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For corporate accounts, the apex bank in the circular said that DMBs would charge five per cent processing fee for withdrawals and three per cent for lodgments of amounts above N3m.

The statement, however, disclosed that the charge on deposits would apply in Lagos, Ogun, Kano, Abia, Anambra, and Rivers states as well as the Federal Capital Territory.


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