The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele has said that they’ve concluded plans to reduce the volume of higher denominations, N500 and N1000 in circulation to tame inflation.
Emefiele who claimed that the high volume of higher denominations could be part of the factors fuelling inflation in the country backed his claim up by pointing out that the highest denomination in the UK is £50 and the most spent currency in the country is £10.
“Rarely do you find some people spend £20? Nobody sees £50. If you go around carrying £50 in the UK, they will begin to suspect you. Whereas, the reverse is what is happening in Nigeria. Nigerians want to carry N1,000 or N500.
“In fact, we’re beginning to see or think that increasing the high denomination bills is also part of what may even be fuelling inflation.
“So, over time, we will reduce the volume of N500 and N1000 in circulation.
“Let people carry N50 around. If you want to do high-value transactions, embrace online, embrace our agency program, and embrace our mobile banking program. That is what you need. You want to conduct legal banking or financial services transactions, you have no business carrying N1,000,” he said.