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Again, CBN Increases Interest Rate to 18.5%

by Daudu John

Again, CBN Increases Interest Rate to 18.5%

Again, CBN Increases Interest Rate to 18.5%
The Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) has raised its benchmark lending rate to 18.5 per cent, from 18 per cent, in a robust push to contain the nation’s inflationary trend.

The CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, announced this on Wednesday after the bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting.

He said members voted to retain every other rate with asymmetric corridor at +100 and -700 basis points around the MPR.

He also disclosed that the MPC voted to keep the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) at 32.5 per cent while the Liquidity Ratio was retained at 30 per cent.

“Ten members voted to raise the MPR by 15 basis points and one member by 25 basis points, and all members voted to keep all parameters in constant,” Emefiele said.

On the various funding interventions of the Bank to key sectors, Emefiele said the disbursement under N1.0 trillion Real Sector Facility (RSF) has grossed to ₦2.56 trillion, disbursed to 462 projects across the country.

He said the sum of ₦25.6 billion was disbursed to eight new real sector projects cutting across manufacturing,
packaging, pharmaceuticals, plastic and cosmetic products.

The 462 project beneficiaries of RSF comprises 257 manufacturing, 95 agriculture, 97 services and 13
mining sector projects.

Under the 100 for 100 Policy on Production and Productivity (PPP), Emefiele put CBN’s disbursement at ₦13.81 billion, disbursed to three projects in the manufacturing sector. This he said brings the cumulative disbursement under the facility to ₦173.31 billion, disbursed to 81 projects comprising 45
manufacturing, 23 agriculture, 5 healthcare, and 8 services sector
projects with an estimated 23,343 direct jobs created.

Similarly, under the Nigerian Electricity Market Stabilisation Facility (NEMSF-2) for capital, and operational expenditure of distribution companies
(Discos), Emefiele said CBN disbursed ₦11.82 billion to ease liquidity constraints and support the recovery of legacy debt.

“Under the scheme so far the apex bank has disbursed a cumulative sum of ₦254.39 billion.

The CBN had initiated strategic funding intervention policy during the COVID 19 era to boost manufacturing and other critical sectors of the economy ranging from aviation, health, manufacturing and others which suffered massive decline.

The CBN governor noted that full recovery of both the global and
domestic economies remained clouded by legacy and emerging

“Available data and forecasts for key macroeconomic indicators in
the Nigerian economy, suggest that the economy will continue on a
moderate recovery path through 2023 as legacy headwinds linger.

“These include insecurity in food producing areas; high cost of energy and rising cost of debt servicing,” he added.

Accordingly, he said the economy was forecast to grow in 2023 by 3.03 per cent (CBN), 3.75 per cent (FGN) and 3.29 per cent (IMF).

“The MPC was concerned that despite the tight
monetary policy stance adopted since its May 2022 meeting,
inflation had not decelerated towards the Bank’s long run objective” Emefiele said.

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