Nigeria’s Foreign Reserves Hit $46.2b

 Nigeria’s Foreign Reserves Hit $46.2b

Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves gained 8.8 per cent as of March 28, to $46.2 billion compared to same period in February 2018, according to data from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The reserve is still far from the peak of $64 billion recorded in August 2008.

Debt sales such as Eurobond offering by Federal Government helped Nigeria to accrue billions of dollars in foreign reserves, Reuters reports. The government raised $2.5 billion in Eurobonds in February and it is hoping to raise more.
Meanwhile, the apex bank will hold its statutory Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting, today, April 3 and tomorrow April 4, 2018, the first meeting of such since January this year.

The delay was as a result of an impasse between the legislative and executive arm of government which resulted in late confirmation of members of the monetary authority to form a quorum.

CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele, while receiving the new members of the MPC and the newly confirmed deputy governors last week, charged them to bring their experience to bear in the discharge of their new responsibilities, stressing that much was expected of them.

He expressed gladness that the bank now has a full complement of deputy governors to enable it to operate optimally as well as the required quorum to enable the MPC to hold its statutory meetings for formulating monetary and credit policy.

Tomorrow’s meeting will determine whether the monetary authority will adjust or keep the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) which is currently at 14 per cent; CRR at 22.5 per cent; Liquidity Ratio at 30 per cent and the Asymmetric Corridor at +200 and -500 basis points around the MPR.

Tolani Giwa

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