After several years of painstaking research by the Central Bank of Nigeria geared towards advancing the boundaries of payments system so as to make financial transactions easier and seamless for every stratum of society, President, Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, launched the eNaira platform.
CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, described the launch of the electronic money as the first in Africa and one of the earliest around the world.
Industry players say the launch will put Nigeria on the global Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) tracking map as the fifth country to launch a centralised national electronic money after the Bahamas first unveiled its version in 2017.
Nigeria’s e-naira was earlier scheduled for unveiling on October 1, 2021, but the apex bank said it was postponed owing to other national activities to mark the country’s 61st Independence anniversary. President Muhammadu Buhari will do the unveiling at the State House, Abuja.
The eNaira was developed by fintech company Bitt, which is also behind the creation of CBDC in some East Caribbean countries.
At the launch Monday, the Central Bank of Nigeria governor, Godwin Emefiele, said 500 million eNaira ($1.21 million) has already been minted.
The CBDC’s digital currency app and its merchant wallet are now live and available for download.
The two apps, eNaira speed wallet and eNaira merchant wallet, are now available on Google playstore and Apple store.
Follow the link below to get started with e-naira :
ASITA CONGRATULATES PAUL ADALIKWU ON ELECTION AS SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE MARITIME ORGANIZATION OF WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA
The Chairman, Governing Board of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Rt. Hon. Asita Honourable applauds the Director, Maritime Safety and Security in the Federal Ministry of Transportation and Member of the Governing Board of NIMASA, Dr. Paul Adalikwu, on his election as Secretary-General of the Maritime Organization of West and Central Africa (MOWCA).
Asita describes the unanimous election of Dr. Adalikwu, the first Nigerian to head the 25 member states maritime organization in its 45 years of existence, as a testament of his diligence, purposeful and result-oriented disposition.
He expresses optimism in Dr. Adalikwu’s ability and capacity to religiously discharge the duties of his new office and take the West and Central Africa Maritime body to enviable heights in line with its core mandate of promoting maritime trade, safer seaways and improved shipping activities amongst it’s member states and beyond.
Asita thanks the Minister of Transportation, H.E. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and the Ministry for according Dr. Adalikwu all the necessary support required to achieve this historic victory. He wishes Dr. Adalikwu well in his new assignment while urging him to bring to bear his years of experience, professionalism and tact in piloting the affairs of the body.
Asita Honourable Media Office
19th November 2021
Asita Receives Maritime Personality Of The Year Award
The Chairman, Governing Board of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Rt. Hon. Asita Honourable has received Igbere TV Leadership Excellence Awards 2021 as Maritime Personality of the Year.
He was voted by Nigerians in recognition of his contribution to the development of the maritime sector.
Under his chairmanship, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), among other achievements, successfully deployed assets under the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, also known as the Deep Blue Project. The project commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari in June 2021 is the first integrated maritime security strategy in West and Central Africa with the aim of tackling incidences of piracy, sea robbery and other crimes at sea in Nigerian waterways and the gulf of Guinea, acknowledged as Nigeria’s boldest statement ever to secure our waters.
The award was presented to him at an event held in Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja on Tuesday 2nd November.
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