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CBN eyes 20M eNaira wallets, 300M in volume by 2026



The Central Bank of Nigeria envisions a surge in the adoption of its e-naira project in the foreseeable future. By 2026, it is predicted that there will be over 20 million downloads of the eNaira wallet and an estimated transaction volume of 300 million. 

The e-naira, introduced on October 21, 2021, under the Muhammad Buhari administration with the motto “Same Naira, More Possibilities,” is a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). 

These digital currencies, regulated and issued by a country’s central bank, serve as a digital representation of the fiat currency. 

The main goal of CBDCs is to provide businesses and consumers with privacy, transferability, convenience, accessibility, and financial security. 

Some of the proposed merits of CBDCs are the reduction of maintenance cost of complex financial systems and the reduction of cross-border transaction costs. More than half of the world’s central banks are exploring or developing digital currencies.

Opportunities in the e-naira 

In addition to the report on the projected number of e-naira users, the CBN underlined the vast investment and innovation possibilities presented by the project.

The CBN highlighted the launch of the e-naira two years ago and subsequent achievements as evidence of its potential to enhance monetary policy effectiveness, transform the payments landscape, and promote financial inclusion, among numerous other advantages.

Moreover, the bank acknowledged the potential for job creation as the e-naira continues to gain traction. It noted that the onboarding of agents is expected to gather momentum with increasing adoption rates.

There are also investment opportunities for wallet creators and designers of hardware tokens,” it said. “Foreign investors are also invited to take advantage of these opportunities as this will foster innovation and enhance competition in the digital space in Nigeria.

Moreover, Nigeria’s pursuit of eNaira establishes it as a pioneer in the realm of digital currencies, igniting the curiosity of other nations to delve into the limitless possibilities of CBDCs. 

The transformative journey of the eNaira not only reshapes Nigeria’s financial terrain but also emerges as a guiding beacon for the future of digital currencies on a global scale.

Read also; President Tinubu nominates New CBN Governor & Management Team

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