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By Joseph INOKOTONG
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), would continue to maintain the key monetary variables as decided in the last Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting of November 2017, which held Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) at 14 percent, CRR at 22.5 percent, Liquidity Ratio at 30 percent and the Asymmetric corridor at +200 and -500 basis points around the MPR.
This is as a result of the inability of the Bank to hold the MPC meeting earlier scheduled for Monday, January 22 and Tuesday, January 23, 2018 due to the non-confirmation of the MPC nominees by the Nigerian Senate.
However, the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has allayed the fears of Nigerians and the international community over the inability of the Bank to hold the MPC meeting as earlier scheduled.
A statement personally signed by Mr. Emefiele and issued to the media explained that the MPC meeting would not be holding in January 2018 as a result of the Bank’s inability to form a quorum as stipulated in the CBN Act 2007.
In spite of the statutory meeting not holding in January, the CBN Governor noted that key economic indicators continued to move in the right direction.
Mr. Emefiele assured that a revised schedule of the Meetings for the MPC would be communicated as soon as the Bank meets the statutory requirements of membership and quorum for the MPC.
He cited the recovery in oil prices and boost in domestic production, Nigeria’s exit from recession in 2017, decline in inflation rate to 15.37 percent, and accretion to the country’s Foreign Exchange Reserves, which now stands at $40.78 billion, as positive indicators, stressing that these underscored the fact that the Nigerian economy remained strong.
Furthermore, he noted that strong investor confidence in Nigeria had attracted inflows of about $13 billion through the Investors’ and Exporters’ (I&E) window, opened by the CBN in 2017.
According to him, these inflows have boosted FX supply and helped to stabilize the exchange rate.
“We have also seen Market Capitalization of our Stock Exchange improve by 22.3 per cent from N13.21 trillion on November 30, 2017 to N16.15 trillion as at 19 January 2018, while the All-Share Index (ASI) rose by 18.8 percent from 37,944.60 to 45,092.83 over the same period,” he added.
He also assured that the Management of the CBN would continue to sustain the gains recorded in the economy as well as its vigilance and proactivity to ensure overall macro-economic stability throughout 2018.
It will be recalled that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, last October nominated Mrs. Aisha Ahmad as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
He also sought the confirmation of Adeola Festus Adenikinju, Aliyu Rafindadi Sanusi, Robert Chikwendu Asogwa, and Asheikh Maidugu as members of the CBN’s Monetary Policy Committee.
However, none of the nominees has been confirmed by the Senate, thereby preventing the committee from forming a quorum.
The Second Schedule of the CBN Act (Section 12(5) and 54, stipulates that the MPC shall meet at least four times in a year and that the quorum shall be six members, two of whom shall be the Governor and a Deputy Governor or two Deputy Governors.

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