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Nigerian Banks’ Officially Stop Acceptance Of Old Cheque Book – #HappyNewMonth

Nigerian Banks’ Officially Stop Acceptance Of Old Cheque Book#HappyNewMonth—-After four month extension, The Genius Media Nigeria reports that the deadline issues by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on acceptance of old cheque book, Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) in the country will today, Thursday April 1 no longer honour the cheque book.

Recall that CBN had in January extended the full implementation of the newly revised cheque book.

Sam Okojere, Director, Banking Services Department, in a circular posted on the CBN website, dated Dec. 9, 2020, referenced BKS/DIR/CIR/GEN/02/042 on the subject, the parallel run, in which old and new cheques are allowed to co-exist, will end on 31st March 2021, and thus only new cheques would be allowed in the clearing system from 1st April 2021.

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Full enforcement of the second edition of the NigeriaCheque Standard (NCS) and Nigeria Cheque Printers Accreditation Scheme (NICPAS) Version 2.0 will commence April 1, 2021, and the NCS/NICPAS 2.0. The sanction grid will be fully operational on April 1, 2021.

“All deposit money banks are (therefore) directed to actively enlighten their customers and ensure necessary provisions are put in place for a smooth migration to the New standard.

Already on Wednesday morning, deposit Money Banks have started to notify their customers that they will no longer accept the old cheque book while urging customers to request for the revisedcheque books.

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One of the banks, Ecobank, disclosed this to its customers through an email, entitled ‘CBN circular on new cheque design.’

Nigerian Banks’ Officially Stop Acceptance Of Old Cheque Book - #HappyNewMonth

Nigerian Banks’ Officially Stop Acceptance Of Old Cheque Book – #HappyNewMonth

In the email, it told customers, “We wish to remind you that effective 1st April 2021, the old standard cheque books would no longer be accepted through the cheque clearing system, while same will only be acceptable for In-branch transaction processing only.”


This is further to the revised Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) circular on implementing the requirements of the NigerianCheque Standards (NCS) and the NigerianCheque Printers Accreditation Scheme (NICPAS) dated 28th February, 2019.”

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“While we advise that you kindly request for the newcheque book (if you are yet to do so) before the cutoff date of 31st March 2021, we also encourage you to use our other digital channels (Ecobank Online, Mobile App, USSD and Debit Card) so you can continue to seamlessly carry out your transactions.

Nigerian Banks’ Officially Stop Acceptance Of Old Cheque Book – #HappyNewMonth

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