By Kayode Sanni-Arewa
The CBN Acting Spokesperson, Isa Abdulmumin, disclosed this in a telephone chat with our correspondent, noting that the programme had fulfilled its mandate.
He said, “The programme has stopped. The cash swap was not in perpetuity and has a lifeline.”
However, the Association of Mobile Money and Bank Agents in Nigeria had described the programme as ineffective, insisting that participation by stakeholders was minimal.
The CBN had said the cash swap programme was aimed at enabling citizens in rural areas or those with limited access to formal financial services to exchange old naira notes for the redesigned notes.
It also noted only N10,000 could be released per customer under the cash swap programme.
But in an assessment, AMMBAN National Publicity Officer, Oluwasegun Elegbade, noted that the recent mob attacks on banks would have been averted if the programme fulfilled its purpose.
He said, “The programme has not been really effective as it should. If it worked, we would not have witnessed the number of crises that erupted across the country.
“We expected more participation as far as the swap is concerned. The operators were given control over the whole thing with little monitoring.
“Without monitoring, many of the states just did as they wanted. The CBN only set up a monitoring team in less than five states. Overall, it wasn't an effective initiative.”