The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed banks in Nigeria to limit Naira cash withdrawal at Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) to N60, 000 per day while foreign currency is $300 per day.
The domestic withdrawal limit was N150, 000 per day before the emergence of the new directive.
The new arrangement has also separated traditional ATM from MasterCard credit card where the former has now been deactivated and can no longer be used for transactions abroad.
Also single ATM card serves for transactions for both domestic and abroad and the restructured cards now have spending limits on POS/eCommerce (online shopping) to $300 (about N60, 000) per day. Before this, the limit was N2 million per day.
In the new arrangement, for a bank customer with multiple debit cards (ATM cards), only the one linked to the primary transactional account will be enabled for use abroad.
These developments comes on the heels of Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) statement on Sunday that all legitimate requests for foreign currency for eligible transactions, normally referred to as “invisibles,” such as remittances for school fees, student maintenance allowances, BTA, PTA, medical and other eligible transactions, shall be fully met at the official/interbank exchange rate.
A statement from the CBN added that already all the legitimate demands for such transactions through recognised channels have so far been fully met by CBN.
The statement said: “The CBN hereby directs all authorised dealers in foreign exchange in Nigeria to henceforth treat as top priority all legitimate demand for foreign exchange for eligible transactions.
“The CBN once again advises individuals that wish to source foreign currency for such eligible transactions to approach their banks with their legitimate demand as the CBN has made adequate provisions of foreign currency for all such legitimate and eligible purposes.
“Furthermore, holders of Naira denominated debit and credit cards shall continue to have access to the use of their cards at ATMs in any part of the world but subject to the annual limit of $50,000. ATM withdraws shall continue to be a maximum of $300 per day”