Central Bank of Nigeria’s Monetary Policy Committee has voted to increase the benchmark interest rate by 50 basis points to 18. percent. This was disclosed by the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, on Tuesday while reading the communiqué of the second MPC meeting.
He said the committee also pegged the liquidity ratio at thirty percent. The tightening of the rate according to the apex bank governor is expected to curtail inflation currently put at twenty-one percent.
On naira redesign, Emefiele explained that the bank aligns itself with the Supreme Court’s judgement as currency in circulation (redesigned naira) is about one trillion naira. He said that the bank will continue to pump more currency into the system but with caution.
The central bank boss expressed confidence in the nations commercial banks stating that they have remained resilient with capital requirement at thirteen percent, non-performing loans at four point two percent and cash reserve of the banks raising to fourteen trillion naira.