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Cut MPR, end multiple exchange rates to exit industries from recession, says ABCON

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Though the Nigerian economy is out of recession, there are strong indications that the productive sector or manufacturing segment of the economy is still under the chains of recession.

However, to drive their exit process as soon as possible, the President of Association of Bureau d’Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, has advised the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to reduce its Monetary Policy Ratio (MPR).

He said that lowering the MPR and other rates by the CBN Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) was critical to revamping the productive sectors of the economy.

Already, the Governor of the apex bank, Dr. Godwin Emefiele had given an indication of MPC meeting early this month, possible between tomorrow, April 3rd and 4th.

In its last meeting for the year ended December 31st, 2017, the apex bank had retained the benchmark interest rate at 14 per cent alongside other monetary policy rates citing inflationary pressure and a fragile post recession economy.

The nation’s inflation rate has, however, dropped for the 12th consecutive times to 14.33 per cent, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

In his submission in an interview, Gwadabe said that rates cut would stimulate activities in small and medium enterprises, manufacturing, export and service sectors, adding that “eradication of the multiple exchange rates would lead to a more stable and sustainable foreign exchange regime”.

“Small businesses would leverage on the rates cut to seek funding for their businesses to make them globally competitive with attendant enhanced productivity.

Besides, Gwadabe averred that “With the apparent success so far observed from the rice end of the CBN’s Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP), it is important to extend same to cocoa growers in the South west and palm oil producers in the South east.

He argued that “with the needed economic and financial powers, farmers in these regions would raise their production levels and export more of their products”.

It would be recalled that the CBN had failed to hold MPC meeting since this year due to delays in confirming new appointees by the Senate to replace members whose tenure had elapsed.

However, the Senate last week, considered the nominees, meaning that the MPC can now form a quorum to meet.

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