By Pezuoma Ake
While basking in euphoria of the launch of the Digital Currency on Monday, the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, confirmed 33 Nigerian banks have joined the Digital Currency platform with N200 million issued to financial institutions.
At the launch earlier on Monday, Emefiele disclosed that N500 million has been minted by CBN, over 2000 customers have joined and over 120 merchants have been registered to the platform.
”Thirty-three banks are fully integrated and live on the platform, 500 million has been successfully minted by the Bank, N200 million has been issued to financial institutions, over 2,000 customers have been onboarded and over 120 merchants have successfully registered on the eNaira platform”.
”As the tagline simply encapsulates, the eNaira is the same Naira with far more possibilities. The eNaira – like the physical Naira – is a legal tender in Nigeria and a liability of the CBN. The eNaira and Naira will have the same value and will always be exchanged at 1 naira to 1 eNaira,” he added.
While addressing the issue of money laundering, the CBN governor said “there would be strict adherence to the Anti-money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism standards in order to preserve the integrity and stability of Nigeria’s payment system.”