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Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has retained interest rates at 11.5 per cent.

The apex bank disclosed this on Monday during the MPC meeting in Abuja.

It noted that pushing borrowing costs to restrictive levels will not favour Nigeria’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nigeria’s inflation is currently at 15.7 per cent which is still above the single digit targeted by the CBN.

The Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele said the sanction against Russia would have a significant downside risk to the global economy.

Emefiele also highlighted that the gains of economic growth which were recorded as a result of lifting restrictions has been eroded by the Russian-Ukraine crisis.

He blamed the high energy prices experienced by the country on the Russian-Ukraine conflict.

Emefiele said the MPC noted that high energy prices have aggravated Nigeria’s inflation.

He also said that the poor power supply has also compounded the country’s inflationary pressure.

Based on these considerations, Emefiele said the MPC retained the Monetary Policy Rate at 11.5 per cent; asymmetric corridor at +100/–700 basis points around the MPR; Cash Reserve Ratio at 27.5 per cent; and Liquidity Ratio at 30.0 per cent.

Emefiele said three members voted for a 25 basis points increase, one member voted for a 50 basis points increase, while six members voted for the retention of the rates

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