18 February 2017, Abuja — The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has disbursed the sum of $2.83 billion for utilisation in the critical sectors of the economy in the last two months of December 2016 and January 2017.
According to Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, manufacturing, raw material and agriculture topped the list of beneficiary sectors, in an exercise he said targeted employment generating and wealth-creating sectors of the economy.
He explained that $609 million and $228 million were released for raw materials in the months December and January respectively while manufacturing also attracted the sum $53 million and $71 million, respectively, during the period under review.
A further analysis of the disbursements, the Ag Director said indicated that $1.839 billion and $0.989 billion, respectively, were extended to critical sectors like agriculture, petroleum products and airlines, among others in December 2016 and January 2017.
Commenting further on the development, the Okorafor, stressed the determination of the Bank to continue to ease the foreign exchange pressure on critical sectors.
The CBN had in November 2016, supported the critical sectors with $1,070,175,392.04 equivalent of foreign exchange for agricultural machinery, industrial raw materials, spare parts and education, as well as, personal travel allowances through the interbank foreign market.