Nigeria’s CBN Increases Interest Rate To 15.5%

The Central Bank of Nigeria has raised the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR), which measures interest rate, to 15.5 percent from 14 percent to tame rising inflation.

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, made this known on Tuesday after a Monetary Policy Committee meeting in Abuja.

Emefiele said, “The committee voted unanimously to raise the MPR  to 15.5, retain the asymmetric corridor at +100 -700 basis points around the MPR. Increase the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) to a minimum of 32.5% and retain liquidity ratio at 30%.”

Giving an explainer earlier, the apex bank’s governor said, “Members deliberated the impact of the widening margin between the current policy rate of 14 percent and the inflation rate of 20.52 percent.

“At this meeting, the option of reducing the policy rate was not considered as this would be gravely detrimental to reigning in inflation. The committee thus agreed unanimously to raise the policy rate to narrow the interest rate gap and rein in inflation. The committee thus voted unanimously to raise the MPR.

“10 members voted to raise the MPR by 150 basis points, one (voted to raise it) by 100 basis points and one by 50 basis points. 10 members voted to increase CRR (Cash Reserve Ratio) by 500 basis points, while two members voted to increase it by 750 basis points.”

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