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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Lowering Interest Rate Will Worsen Inflation - CBN

ABUJA, (Sundiata Post) - The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it will not succumb to pressure to reduce interest rate as being clamoured for in some quarters as doing so would worsen inflation.
A top official at the Apex Bank who spoke on condition of anonymity at the weekend, insists that reducing the interest rate would further erode the incomes of the poor through high inflation.
Nigeria's inflation rate according to the last report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) is 17.26 per cent.
The official explains that bringing down interest rate will encourage massive borrowing by the privileged few who may turn to the foreign exchange market and put further pressure on the Naira.
"We decided that we will be people-focused Central Bank. We voted in favour of controlling inflation than bringing down interest rate because inflation is the worst enemy of the poor masses.
"In order to ameliorate the impact of high interest rate we have created different programmes like the Micro, small and medium enterprises development fund (MSMEDF) and the anchor borrowers programme which offer loans at only 9 per cent  to low income earners.
"Interest rates will come down but not until we have improved our business space and provided infrastructure, especially power," the official told our correspondent.
The source said the battle to stabilize the Naira is far from being over as forex speculators are still pushing hard.
"The battle is not yet over because the speculators are still pushing, but by the grace of God and the efforts of CBN we are winning.
"And, we are happy with the results so far, all indices are very positive and the masses of Nigerians are better for it," the official further assured.

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