House Asks CBN To Halt New Policy On Bureau de Change

Channels Television  
Updated June 26, 2014

house_of_repsThe House of Representatives has summoned the Central Bank (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele, over the new capital base of 35 million naira set for Bureau de Change (BDC) operators by the Apex Bank.

This was following a motion by a lawmaker, Ibrahim Gusau, that the new policy will send most of the operators out of business thereby increasing the national unemployment rate and heightening the insecurity risk in the country.

The House asked the Apex Bank to suspend the new policy, which members tagged elitist and racist in nature, pending the bank governor’s full brief on the policy.

The Apex bank’s reasons for the review was to correct observed deficiencies in the operation of (BDCs) in Nigeria, which they say has led to sharp practices in the foreign exchange market; check the depletion of external reserves, financing of unauthorized transactions and dollarization, among others.

Lawmakers at plenary, kicked against the 25 per cent increase, warning that it is ill timed and will cause much more harm than good.

While some other lawmakers supported the policy with the argument that it will ensure greater efficiency and improve the power of the naira against the US dollar, some  disagreed with that assertion.

The lawmakers alleged that the news of the policy review has weakened the naira exchange against the dollar and will in no time send operators out of business.

They summoned the Apex bank governor to explain the review and asked that the policy be halted in the interim.