In the statement released today, Mr Okorafor disclosed that the MPC meeting has been brought forward to September 19 and 20.
He, however, did not give any reason for the bank’s decision.
Read the full statement below:
This is to inform all our stakeholders and the general public that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting No. 269, earlier scheduled for Monday, September 23 and Tuesday, September 24, 2019, will now hold on Thursday, September 19 and Friday, September 20, 2019.
All inconveniences caused by this change are highly regretted.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has fixed April 3 and 4, 2018 for the country’s first Monetary Policy Committee meeting.
The apex bank fixed the date following the concession made by the Senate to screen and confirm the nominees of President Muhammadu Buhari to fill the posts of deputy governors of the CBN and the four members-designate of the Monetary Policy Committee.
The MPC was unable to hold its first meeting last January because it could not form a quorum, due to the Senate’s refusal to confirm the nominees sent by the President to the National Assembly.
However, due to the importance of the MPC meetings to the economy, the Senate reconsidered its stance last week on the CBN nominees and gave its Committee on Banking and Financial Institutions one week to screen them.
The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has retained all key indicators.
The CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, on Tuesday read the communique announcing decisions reached at its September meeting in the nation’s capital, Abuja.
The committee agreed to keep the Monetary Policy Rate at 14 per cent, the Cash Reserve Ratio at 22.50 per cent and the Liquidity Ratio at 30 per cent.
Mr Emefiele explained that while challenges in the economy remain, monetary policy alone cannot boost growth. “Cutting interest rates is not advisable and the current stance will help to limit inflation,” he said.
“The committee assessed the relevant risks and concluded that the economy continued to face elevated risks on both price and output fronts.
“However, given its primary mandate and considering its limitations of its instruments with respect to output, the committee elected to retain the restrictive stance of policy invoked at its last meeting where it raised the Monetary Policy Rate from 12 to 14 per cent.
“Conscious of the need to allow this and other measures like the foreign exchange reforms to work truthfully, it decided to retain all monetary policy instrument at their current levels,” the apex bank boss stated.
He said that all 10 Monetary Policy Committee members voted to retain the MPR at 14 per cent, retain the CRR at 22.5 per cent, retain the Liquidity Ratio at 30 per cent and retain the asymmetric window at +200 and -500 basis points around the MPR.
Speaking on Channels Television earlier in the day, Mrs Kemi Adeosun said that this would help stimulate the economy, especially as the government plans to boost the economy without increasing debt servicing costs.
At the last committee meeting in July, the benchmark Monetary Policy Rate was raised from 12 per cent, to 14 per cent, while the Cash Reserve Ratio and Liquidity Ratio were both retained, at 22.50 per cent and 30 per cent each.
Nigeria is currently in a recession after official data from the National Bureau of Statistic showed that its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contracted by 2.06 percent in the second quarter, sending Africa’s biggest economy into a recession after a decline in the first quarter.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, has raised concerns over the partial dollarisation of the nation’s currency and called on commercial banks in the country to take appropriate measures to check the trend.
Responding to questions from reporters after the Monetary Policy Committee meeting in Abuja, Mr Emefiele said that the apex bank may also be left with no option than to clamp down on the activities of Nigerians who insist on doing transactions with foreign currencies.
He, however, expressed optimism that the naira would rebound after the elections.
Meanwhile, the Monetary Policy Committee meeting left the interest rate unchanged at 13% while liquidity ratio was pegged at 30%.