CBN MPC Retains Monetary Policy, Pegs Interest Rate At 11.5%

The Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), led by Godwin Emefiele, has agreed to keep the monetary policy rate (MPR), which measures interest rates, at 11.5 percent.

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The governor of the central bank, Godwin Emefiele, told journalists on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, after the committee’s first meeting of the year at the CBN headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, that the committee members unanimously decided to keep key rates.

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele.

The CBN Governor said the committee voted to maintain the key lending rate at 11.5 percent, with the asymmetric corridor of +100 and -700 basis points around the MPR and liquidity ratio at 30 percent.

Throughout 2021, the committee also held MPR constant.

“The MPC feels a hold will signal its realisation of the fragility of the growth recovery and its sensitivity to emerging global and domestic uncertainties. Hence, the need to sustain policy trajectory,” Emefiele said.

“After a careful balancing of the benefits and downsides of each policy ratio, the MPC decided to hold all policy parameters constant.”

Emefiele said the committee believed that the existing monetary policy stance has supported the growth recovery and should be allowed to continue for a little longer for consolidation to achieve the MPC mandate of price stability that is conducive for sustainable growth.

The committee also felt that a hold stance would enable it to carefully appraise the implications of the unfolding global development around policy tapering and normalisation by advanced economies.

The committee maintained that the increase in the country’s inflation rate in December 2021 is attributable to increased demand during the yuletide, suggesting that the uptick in the numbers could be a temporary development.

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