05 April 2016, Abuja — The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN has disclosed its readiness to pull out up to N1 trillion from circulation in a bid to stabilise the economy.
Already, N525 billion has been pulled out less than one week after the policy which seeks to tighten money supply, while additional N219 billion is slated to be pulled out next week
Banks’ treasury executives said they are preparing their treasury plans for more mop-up of about N300 billion.
The Central Bank Monetary Policy Rate was increased to 12 per cent from 11 per cent while Cash Reserve Requirement was hiked to 22.5 per cent from 20 per cent at its last meeting.
Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that it has again cut its growth forecast for Nigeria as the oil exporter faces substantial challenges from low crude prices.
In its annual review of Nigeria’s economic situation, the IMF said that gross domestic product growth will slow to 2.3 percent in 2016 from an estimated 2.7 percent in 2015.
It added that Nigeria’s general government deficit will grow further after doubling to 3.7 percent of Gross Domestic Product, GDP, last year.
The IMF executive board said Nigeria needed to urgently implement policies to safeguard fiscal sustainability, reduce external imbalances and advance structural reforms that promote more inclusive growth.
*Hannah Oni – Leadership