On September 17, 2019, the CBN issued the following memo to all Deposit Money Banks (DMBs):
“Further to our circular ref BPS/DIR/GEN/CIR/04/004 we write to inform all Deposit Money Banks that the CBN has approved that:
“Charges on deposits shall apply in Lagos, Ogun, Kano, Abia, Anambra, Rivers states and the FCT, in addition to already existing charges on withdrawals, effective September 18, 2019.”
According to the policy, a 3 percent processing fee will be charged for withdrawals of amounts above N500,000 for individual accounts, while 2 percent will be charged for deposits.
For corporate accounts, a processing fee of 5 percent will be charged for withdrawals, and 3 percent for deposits of amounts above N3 million.
“Nationwide implementation of the cashless policy will take effect from March 31, 2020. Please ensure strict compliance,” the CBN announced.
Explaining to pulse.ng, a financial analyst and economist, Yinka Ogunnubi, explains what the policy really means.
According to him:
“The prelude to this new circular was actually one issued in April 2017, where the CBN suspended the new withdrawal and deposit charges nationwide but maintained only the withdrawal processing charges for Lagos, Ogun, Kano, Abia, Anambra, Rivers, FCT.”
“The only thing that has changed is the introduction of the processing fees for lodgments in the selected states. The processing fees for withdrawals remain the same.”
“For individuals, if you make a deposit of N1m cash in your account, the first N500k will be free but the remaining will be subject to a 2% charge. Meaning you’ll be charged N10,000.
“For Corporates, if you make a deposit of N6m cash in your account, the first N3m will be free but the remaining N3m will be subject to a 3% charge. Meaning you’ll be charged N90,000.00.”
“Actually the CBN has been very patient on this subject. The cashless has been in effect since 2011. It started by the restriction of cash in transit lodgment by banks in Dec 2011 to 3rd party cheques above N150k no longer being eligible for withdrawal over the counter.
“In my opinion, the CBN has given sufficient time to to allow people to migrate to more efficient payments and collection channels. By the time the nationwide implementation takes place in March 2020, it will be at least 8 years of waiting for individuals and corporates to migrate.Pls SUBSCRIBE below to our mailing list to get fresh updates on money making and inspiring articles.