The Nigerian Security Printing and Minting, (NSPM), has informed Nigerians that the new naira notes stain white surfaces as part of a security feature.
Managing Director of NSPM, Ahmed Halilu made this known in a statement on Friday while highlighting some features of the new N200, N500 and N1,000 notes.
He said this was in order to sensitise those that have expressed concerns about the quality.
Halilu said; “The attention of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Plc has been drawn to various clips, skits, concerns and comments on various platforms regarding the quality of the redesigned banknotes that were recently unveiled and issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“As the nation’s foremost security printing and minting company saddled with the responsibility of producing the country’s currency (naira), we find it expedient to address the salient issues and further enlighten Nigerians on the features of the currency and, most importantly, the misconception about the quality of the new naira notes.
“The NSPM Plc has been meeting the currency needs of Nigeria with the support of the Central Bank of Nigeria since 2014. Indeed, Nigeria has achieved zero importation of currency, developed local capacity and, to an extent, conserved foreign exchange within this period.
“We want to inform all Nigerians that the new naira notes are of the same substrates and passed through the same printing processes and finishing procedures. It is, therefore, basically the same as the other notes in circulation. It also leaves traces of intaglio inks when rubbed on plain white surfaces. It is, however, important to note that new banknotes are generally light when issued, then become heavier in circulation on getting in contact with dirt and moisture.
“In addition, the second stage of currency printing (Intaglio) requires a heavy deposit of special inks with fairly large particles to give a tactile feeling of the portraits as well as other raised prints by way of design.”
CorrectNG recalls that Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, on 26th October 2022 announced plans to redesign the higher denomination notes.
Nigerians have till January 31, 2022, to exchange their old naira notes for the new ones.