Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has urged residents, business owners, and retailers to accept the old N500 and N1,000 notes after Supreme Court ruled that the currency remains legal tender until December 31, 2023.
Sanwo-Olu made the call in a statement through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, yesterday.
The governor also stated that govt agencies are not allowed to reject payments made with the old currency by the public.
The statement read in part, “The Lagos State Government has noted the hardship sparked by the Naira redesign policy, which has affected business and commercial activities.
“There is no reason to reject the old notes, going by the Supreme Court judgement delivered on March 3, 2023.
“The apex court declared that “no reasonable notice was given as required by Section 20(3) of the CBN Act,” noting that the public only became aware of the policy through press remarks, which cannot qualify as a notice to the public.
“The court maintained that the policy has impeded the functions of State governments, pointing out that the directive that stops the use of the old notes is illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.
“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has, therefore, called on business owners, especially retailers, to accept the old N500 and N1,000 notes – in line with the Supreme Court judgement that the currency remains legal tender until December 31, 2023. It is illegal to reject the notes.
“All agencies of the Lagos State Government are advised not to reject payments made with the old currency by the public.”