Old Naira Notes Remain Legal Tender, Says Sanwo-Olu

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The Lagos State Government says it has noted the hardship sparked by the Naira redesign policy, which has affected business and commercial activities.

“There is no reason to reject the old notes, going by the Supreme Court judgement delivered on March 3, 2023,” Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu asserted in a statement on Monday.

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The apex court declared that “no reasonable notice was given as required by Section 20(3) of the CBN Act,” noting that the public only became aware of the policy through press remarks, which cannot qualify as a notice to the public.

The court maintained that the policy has impeded the functions of State governments, pointing out that the directive that stops the use of the old notes is illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.

Governor Sanwo-Olu in his statement called on business owners, especially retailers, to accept the old N500 and N1,000 notes – in line with the Supreme Court judgement that the currency remains legal tender until December 31, 2023. It is illegal to reject the notes.

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The governor also advised all agencies of the Lagos State Government not to reject payments made with the old currency by the public.

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