The Central Bank of Nigerian (CBN) has directed all banks in the country to open dollar accounts for their customers immediately they receive deposit requests from International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs).
An International Money Transfer Operator (IMTO) – WorldRemit which is licensed by the CBN made this known in a notice obtained on CBN website to its clients Thursday.
According to the note, following the new directive from the Central Bank of Nigeria, transfers with WorldRemit are now only available in US Dollars. Therefore, it is not possible to send a transfer in Naira as this will come back as a failed transfer.
The notice further reads: “Before you send, check that the recipient has a US Dollar account with a supported bank. If you transfer funds to a recipient who doesn’t have a USD account, their bank may automatically create a USD account for them.”
The apex bank said it was working with only few banks that automatically creates US Dollar accounts for their customers.
It has been reported that the apex bank had last month raised an alarm that its policy mandating IMTOs to pay diaspora remittances beneficiaries in dollars was being flouted.
As a result, it directed all mobile money operators to disable wallets from receipt of funds from IMTOs, following suspected abuse of policy guidelines by the IMTOs.