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Interest Rate Raised From 22.75% To 24.75%

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has further jacked up the benchmark interest rate by 200 basis points to 24.75 percent.

It took the step on Tuesday at its meeting headed by the CBN Governor Yemi Cardoso, the second MPC meeting of his tenure in Abuja.

The new interest rate is a jump from the 22.75 percent announced by the MPC about a month ago and the second rate hike by the current committee.

Cardoso announced the retention of the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) of deposit money banks at 45 percent.

However, the MPC adjusted the CRR of merchant banks from 10 percent to 14 percent.

The committee also retained the liquidity ratio at 30 percent.

“The considerations of the committee at this meeting focused on the current inflationary pressures and the need to anchor inflation expectations as well as ensure sustained exchange stability,” the CBN chief said.

He said the moves were part of efforts to combat the country’s rising inflationary rate which was pegged at 31.70 percent in February.

Cardoso noted that MPC members believed the headline inflation in the country is triggered mostly by a hike in the cost of food.

“The committee therefore was of the view that addressing food insecurity is key to containing the current inflationary pressures,” he said while commending the Federal Government’s efforts at curbing food insecurity including the distribution of palliatives.

The next MPC meeting has been slated for May 2024.

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