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CBN Announces 3-Month Incentive for Diaspora Remittance

As part of its efforts at stabilising foreign exchange in the country, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it has put an incentive in place to reward senders and recipients of diaspora remittances through CBN licensed IMTOs.

Tagged “CBN Naira 4 Dollar Scheme,” the N5 reward for every $1 received, will take effect from Monday March 8 and will end on Saturday May 8, 2021.

The Circular dated March 5, 2021 and signed by A.S. Jibrin for the Director, Trade and Exchange Department, read: “In an effort to sustain the encouraging increase in inflows of diaspora remittances into the country, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) hereby announces the introduction of the ‘CBN Naira 4 Dollar Scheme’, and incentive for senders and recipients of International Money Transfers.

“Accordingly, all recipients of diaspora remittances through CBN licensed IMTOs shall henforth be paid N5 for every USD1 received as remittance inflow.

“In light of this, the CBN shall through commercial banks, pay to remittances recipients the incentive of N5 for every USD1 remitted by sender and collected by designated beneficiary. This incentive is to be paid to recipients whether they choose to collect the USD as cash across the counter in a bank or transfer same into their domiciliary account. In effect, a typical recipient of diaspora remittances will, at the point of collection, receive not only the USD sent from abroad but also the additional N5 per USD received.

“Please note having discussed with banks and IMTOs, the scheme takes effect from Monday 8 March 2021 and ends on Saturday 8 May 2021.”

The letter was addressed to all deposit money banks, international money transfer operators and the general public.

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