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Nigeria to launch digital currency, central bank says

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Nigeria to launch digital currency, central bank says

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eNaira would operate as a wallet against which customers can hold existing funds in their bank account, says the Central Bank of Nigeria

Nigeria on Monday, October 25, will launch a digital currency, the eNaira, the central bank said, months after it barred banks and financial institutions from dealing in or facilitating transactions in cryptocurrencies.

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele has said the eNaira would operate as a wallet against which customers can hold existing funds in their bank account.

“The eNaira therefore marks a major step forward in the evolution of money and the CBN is committed in ensuring that the eNaira, like the physical Naira, is accessible by everyone,” the bank said in a statement.

Nigeria has named Barbados-based Bitt Inc as a technical partner in developing the eNaira. – Rappler.com