The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reportedly said that it has been studying and looking at a central bank digital currency (CBDC) for the last 2 years.
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Mohammed is quoted as saying:
“We have spent over two years studying this concept of the central bank digital currency and we have identified the risks. And it is one of the reasons why I said we are setting up a central governance structure that would involve all industry stakeholders to access all the risks as we continue on this journey.”
– IT Director, Central Bank of Nigeria
The above statement seems to support a recent comment by the CBN Governor, Godwin, when he assured the public that ‘digital currencies will come alive in Nigeria.’
According to Mohammed, there will be a full statement in regards to the Nigerian CBDC launch. However, it is expected that the e-Naira CBDC will compliment Naira cash notes and will help lessen forex restrictions in the country.
This new revelation comes just 4 months since the CBN banned all financial and deposit-taking insitutions from dealing with cryptocurrencies in Nigeria resulting in crypto exchanges getting cut off from the traditional banking system.
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