CBN leaves interest rate at 14%, Emefiele gives reasons

CBN leaves interest rate at 14%, Emefiele gives reasons

- The CBN has retained the rate it lends to commercial banks at 14 per cent since 2016

- According to the CBN governor, the Monetary Policy Committee resolved to retain the cash reserve ratio (CRR) at 22.5 per cent and liquidity ratio at 30 per cent

- Emefiele said Nigeria’s foreign reserve has grown from $42.54 billion as at December 2018 to $43.28 billion as at January 21

The Central Bank of Nigeria has left its lending rate for banks the same in what seems to be an effort to stabilise the financial system and stop growing inflation.

Premium Times reports that Godwin Emefiele who is the governor of the CBN revealed this on Tuesday, January 22.

He said the Monetary Policy Committee had a meeting in Abuja where it was resolved that monetary policy rate (MPR) will be retained at 14 per cent.

Since June 2016 when it was at 12 per cent, the CBN has retained the rate it lends to commercial banks at 14 per cent.

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This rate has been maintained for 30 consecutive months or 15 meetings of the MPC.

Emefiele also said the committee resolved to “retain the cash reserve ratio (CRR) at 22.5 per cent and liquidity ratio at 30 per cent, with an asymmetric corridor of +200/-500 basis points around the MPR.”

The CRR is the funds kept with the CBN as a minimum deposit a commercial bank must hold as reserves which is a monetary policy tool used to influence borrowing and interest rates by changing the amount of money at the banks’ disposal for loans purposes.

The CBN governor noted that the country’s debt was approaching the pre-2015 levels and warned government against the risk of rising debt level.

He acknowledged that Nigeria’s foreign reserve has grown from $42.54 billion as at December 2018 to $43.28 billion as at January 21.

Meanwhile, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has predicted that inflation rate in the country is expected to rise for the rest of 2018 till mid-2019 due to the forthcoming elections.

Godwin Emefiele, the governor of the CBN, made the disclosure when giving a speech at a bankers’ dinner in Lagos, The Sun reports.

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He, however, stated that despite this gloomy picture, the short-term outlook of the Nigerian economy remains good.

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