Nigeria‘s central bank has significantly increased limits it had imposed on cash withdrawals following a public outcry.
Earlier this month it said customers would only be able to take out the equivalent of US $220 per week. The withdrawal limit has now been increased to more than US $1,000.
Cash plays a vital role in Nigeria as most people do not have a bank account. Last week redesigned banknotes were introduced and will replace all those currently in circulation.
The move is aimed at trying to curb inflation and corruption – including vote buying ahead of February’s elections.