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CBN issues Revised Guidelines for Registration Of CIT, Currency Processing Companies

In order to enhance the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of currency management, facilitate the generation of fit Naira banknotes for payment, promote the use of shared facilities to drive down currency management cost, engender healthy competition among service providers and ensure product quality, integrity and standardization in Nigeria, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) hereby mandates all companies, including Deposit Money Banks, who are desirous of providing currency distribution and/or currency processing services in Nigeria, either for themselves or for other Deposit Money Bank(s) to register with the Central Bank of Nigeria.

This update is in furtherance of the circular released by the Central Bank of Nigeria on the “Notice to Companies Providing Currency Sorting and Distribution Services and Deposit Money Banks providing these Services for themselves or other Banks in Nigeria”, published on 14th December, 2009.

The requirements for registration are as follows:

1.0 Cash-In-Transit (CIT) Operations

  1.              The company shall be duly incorporated in Nigeria.
  2. The company shall be registered either for National or Regional Operations. For the purpose of these guidelines, a National CIT means a company registered to operate in all States of the federation, while a Regional CIT shall operate within the States of one (1) geo-political zone.

iii.            A company registered to operate as a National CIT shall:

  1. Have a minimum capital of N1 billion or such other amount as may be prescribed by the CBN from time to time.
  1. Be entitled to establish offices in any State of the federation subject to approval by the CBN, for the purpose of carrying out its operations.

  1. Be authorized to move cash in Naira and foreign currencies to any part of Nigeria.

  1. A company registered to operate as a Regional CIT shall:

  1. Have a minimum capital of N500 million or such other amount as may be prescribed by the CBN from time to time.

  1. Be entitled to establish offices in States within one (1) geo-political zone subject to approval by the CBN, for the purpose of carrying out its operations.
    1. Be authorized to move cash in Naira and foreign currencies within one (1) geo-political zone.

    1. Any registered regional CIT shall be prohibited from establishing offices or carrying out operations in other geo-political zones.

    1. All approved vehicles of registered service providers shall be captured in the Cash Activity Reporting Portal (CARP) and only vehicles captured in the database may be used for CIT services.

    vii.         Promoters shall be private companies and/or individuals with proven integrity and experience in financial services (evidence required).

    viii.      All promoters/directors shall present evidence of clearance from the relevant security agencies.

    1.      Evidence of insurance with a reputable Nigerian insurance company to cover the cash-in-transit and personnel.

    1. Evidence of transport agreement with cargo airlines for cash movements between cities serviced by airports.

    1.    Armoured vehicles shall have a six-sided minimum plate standard of not less than B3+ with separate compartments for currency and personnel; and fitted with run-flat tyres. All the armoured vehicles shall have vehicle-tracking systems to monitor the location and security of the movement vehicles.

    xii.        Evidence of liaison with the appropriate security agencies such as the NPF, DSS, ONSA, NCS, EFCC, NFIU etc.

    xiii.           Upon registration, a CIT Company shall have a working agreement with the Nigerian Police Force to provide security back-up.

    xiv.     Operational and procedure manuals, detailing processes from the receipt of orders to execution and full documentation on all transactions shall be maintained by the CIT Company. This must be in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria (Anti-Money Laundering & Combating the Financing of Terrorism in Banks and Other Financial Institutions) Regulations, 2013.

    1.       The roles and responsibilities of the representatives of customers should be clearly stated in the Service Level Agreements.

    xviii.       The CIT company shall provide proposals on how to mitigate risks arising from the following:

    1. Operational risks: These relate to exposure to losses occasioned by diversion of movement to areas not intended, accident, theft, non-compliance with security requirements, attacks, fire, information leakage, collusion, unavailability of surveillance systems and technical workshop etc. All service providers should ensure adequate security and insurance of their premises, vaults and currency movements.

    1. Reputational risks: These entail integrity and building confidence in the correctness of the currency being moved, efficiency of operations, obedience to traffic rules and regulations, respect for other
    1. Technological risks: such as system failure, data theft, deployment of obsolete information and communication technology, processing systems and unsecured cyber space.

    1. The processing systems deployed by the service providers shall be programmable and adaptable to conform to the sorting standards as advised by the CBN from time to time, in line with its Clean Notes Policy.

    3.0 Companies Providing Both Cash-In-Transit And Currency Processing Services In Nigeria (Co-Location)

    All companies providing both cash-in-transit and currency processing services shall meet all the requirements for registration as specified under Cash-in-Transit and Currency Processing operations. In addition, companies registered to operate both National CPC and CIT shall have a minimum capital of â‚¦4.0 billion or such other amount as may be prescribed by the CBN from time to time, while companies registered to operate both Regional CPC and CIT shall have a minimum capital of â‚¦2.5 billion or such other amount as may be prescribed by the CBN from time to time.

    4.0 Deposit Money Banks Providing Currency Processing And Distribution Services

    Deposit Money Banks desirous of providing currency processing and distribution services shall jointly (two or more banks) float a subsidiary company. The subsidiary company(ies) shall meet all these registration requirements and be subject to the regulatory and supervisory framework of the CBN.

    5.0 Registration Of Prospective Companies

    All prospective companies shall meet the registration requirements and 7 be duly registered by the CBN before the commencement of operations in Nigeria.

    6.0 Sanctions 

    Operating Without Registration: Any private company and/or individual(s) operating without a valid registration issued by the CBN shall have the facility closed, and in addition the promoters shall be handed over to appropriate law enforcement agencies for prosecution.

    7.0 Method Of Submission Of Application For Registration 

    Applications for registration shall be submitted to:

    The Director,

    Currency Operations Department,

    Central Bank of Nigeria,

    Plot 33, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Way,

    Central Business District, Abuja.

Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.