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Why FG should consider $30bn stabilisation fund from IMF – Moghalu

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A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank Nigeria (CBN), Kingsley Moghalu, is asking the Federal Government to consider taking a long term stabiliSation loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Moghalu, who spoke on the theme, ‘An Economy In Distress; Which Way Forward?’ at the 16th Edition of LEADERSHIP Annual Conference and Awards in Abuja on Tuesday, said the Fund could serve as a catalyst for long term economic growth.

“I am suggesting a careful consideration of a $20-30 billion stabilisation package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF),” he said, adding that the decision however will require weighing the potential benefits and drawbacks of such a move.

“This is just an advice to the government because the current economic challenges are not what we can wriggle out of overnight, rather it will take 3-5 years,” he added.

The former Presidential candidate of Young Peoples’ Party (YPP) emphasised the necessity of forming a full-time, highly professional Economic Advisory Council comprising seven economists specialising in critical sectors such as agriculture, industry, labor, business, trade, fiscal policy, and development economics.

This council, he believes, would offer strategic insights crucial for economic transformation.

Moghalu stated that the 30trn ways and means borrowings by the federal government is a grand corruption scheme.

The former administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had borrowed N22.7 trillion in ways and means from the Central Bank, which was subsequently followed by another N7 trillion borrowing by the current administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Moghalu said: “We should not be surprised that there is hunger and anger in the land because the past 10 years have been marked by many economic mismanagement, blotted ways and means of the CBN, blotted budget, which has paved the way for unprecedented corruption.”

He added that the fiscal side of the government has failed over the years, which is why the Central Bank of Nigeria has been overwhelmed.

The former apex bank deputy governor added that all budgets should be subjected to audit before being presented to the National Assembly, while cautioning lawmakers to stop padding budgets.

“Nigeria’s budget, including the 2024 budget of the FGN, is a cesspit of waste and corruption. All budgets must be subject to forensic audit before presentation to the National Assembly.

“The practice of lawmakers of NASS adding budget items on their own after presentation by the executive and before appropriation in my view is unconstitutional and should end,” he added.

 

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