By Ige Adekunle
A financial expert, Dr Samuel Nzekwe, has commended the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for raising the Monetary Policy Rate from 16.5 per cent to 17.5 per cent.
Nzekwe, also a former President, Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), while reacting to the outcome of the MPC Meeting, on Tuesday in Ota, Ogun.
NAN reports that the CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, on Tuesday in Abuja, after the two days apex bank’s MPC Meeting, announced the increased of MPR from 16.5 per cent to 17.5 per cent.
The others key instruments were retained at Cash Reserves Ratio (CRR) at 32.5 per cent and Liquidity Ratio at 30 per cent, respectively.
This is the fifth time the CBN would increase the interest rate in spite of the advice from manufacturers and some key stakeholders.
The MPR is the baseline interest rate in an economy; every other interest rate used within that economy is built on it.
Nzekwe noted that the MPC’s decision to increase the MPR was a welcome development in order to tightening funds circulation in the country.
The former ANAN president said that this development would make the cost of funds to be higher from banking system and discourage people from borrowing.
“The apex bank is working toward mopping up a lot of money and curb inflationary trend in the country.
“The weekly cash withdrawal limit placed on people by CBN and increasing the MPR were all stems by the regulation to ensure that the nation’s inflation rate is drastically reduced,” he said.
Nzekwe explained that Nigeria was having a higher inflation rate due to the crisis in Ukraine, Russia, Europe and all over America.
He noted that the country imported its raw materials and others goods from these countries, like Europe and America, adding that hyper inflation in these countries was likely to impact on Nigeria.
Nzekwe said that the decision of the MPC would help to curb the tendency of this higher inflation on the country. (NAN)
Edited by Olagoke Olatoye