Nigeria: Nine Things You Need to Know About e-Naira

31 August 2021

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) introduced e-Naira after the ban on Cryptocurrency.

It is a form of digital currency that allows exchange between people online.

CBN banned the use of cryptocurrency because it is not being issued by a Sovereign Authority, among other reasons.

e-Naira will be launched on October 1, 2021. Below are some things you should know about it:

This digital currency will allow easy transaction but is it different from any other digital currency because it will be issued by a sovereign authority, which is the CBN.

A digital currency issued by a government works differently from cryptocurrency like Bitcoin.

According to the CBN, the e-Naira will aid financial inclusion and propel a cashless policy.

e-Naira, which was created to facilitate digital transactions, does not need to be backed with physical cash.

It will not grow in value like Bitcoin or other crypto currencies but it will function the same way the Naira does.

The e-Naira will be pegged to the Naira so their value remains the same like stable coins pegged to the dollar.

The e-Naira will be created independently of bank accounts; the wallet will be created by financial institutions that will create customer identification through an application product interface.

It is a legal tender for the entire country, it will have a non-interest bearing Central bank Digital Currency status, a transaction limit for customers and a value-based transaction limit.

As a National Critical infrastructure, the e-Naira system will be subjected to comprehensive security check, all data and personally identifiable information (PII) will be kept off the ledger and will not be stored on the ledger.

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