The Central Bank of Nigeria on Thursday announced the reintroduction of bank charges on certain categories of cash deposits and withdrawals, three years after the apex bank stopped the charges.
In a circular to all Deposit Money Banks posted on its website, the regulator said the decision to reintroduce bank charges on cash deposits was part of the review of charges on deposits and withdrawals under the cashless policy.
It said the decision was taken at the Bankers’ Committee meeting, which held in Abuja two weeks ago.
The circular, signed by the Director, Banking and Payments System Department, CBN, Mr. Dipo Fatokun stated that the committee decided that the cashless policy should be extended to the remaining 30 states of the federation.
It also directed that with effect from April 1, 2017, banks in the states where the cashless policy was already operating, Lagos, Ogun, Anambra, Abia, Kano, Rivers and the Federal Capital Territory, would begin to impose bank charges on deposits and withdrawals above N500,000.
Banks will from that date begin to charge individuals 1.5 percent and two percent for deposits and withdrawals between N500,000 and N1 million.
The circular also stated that individuals depositing or withdrawing between N1 million and N5 million will be charged two percent and three percent, respectively.
For amounts above N5 million, banks will charge such individuals three percent and 7.5 percent for deposits and withdrawals, respectively.
With regard to corporate customers, the CBN stated that deposits and withdrawals under N3 million would not attract any charge, but that such customers depositing or withdrawing between N3 million and N10 million would be charged two percent and five percent, respectively.
Also for deposits and withdrawals between N10 million and N40 million, customers will be charged three percent and 7.5 percent, respectively. Deposits or withdrawals above N40 million by corporate customers will attract a charge of five percent and ten percent, respectively.
According to the CBN, the new policy on charges will be implemented in selected states on May 1 and August 1, this year; while the total implementation will be concluded on October 1.
The regulator noted that the committee agreed that income generated from the processing fees above the allowable cash limits would be shared between it and the banks in the ratio of 40:60.
However, the CBN said that existing exemptions to the policy such as revenue generating agencies of the federal, state and local governments (for lodgements) will be sustained. Also exempt from the processing fees are embassies, diplomatic missions, multilateral and aid agencies.
The CBN directed lenders to train their employees to enlighten customers on the new policy.