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Engage in indigenous policies to promote job opportunities, Obaseki tells FG, CBN

…Laments, ‘Your policies can’t bring economic growth’

 

The federal government and the leadership of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) have been told to engage in indigenous policies to promote job opportunities for youths and transform the country into productivity.

 

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State who gave the advice made this known in a viral video during an event organised by the Edo Zone of Bankers, lamented that the policies cannot promote the needed economic growth of the country.

Obaseki said the high rates of interest introduced by the apex bank would continually hinder Nigeria’s economic growth as small business proprietors cannot access loans.

He also said the rationale behind the increasing monetary policy rate was wrong as Africa’s largest economy does not need exchange rates to survive.

Obaseki said, “Policies that have just been rolled out by the central bank, unfortunately, will not support the growth of our economy.

“Interest rates are already very high, and jerking up interest rates clearly will not allow small borrowers, small businesses to have access to credit at the price to help them grow their businesses. When an economy is in this state, it needs all the push and support.

“I understand the monetary rationale for increasing MPR fundamentally and fiscally, it is not going to lead to growth in our economy. We must focus on the fundamentals which are increasing production, making sure our citizens produce goods and services we consume, and depend less on imports.

“Our economic policy and monetary policy cannot be determined by exchange rate alone, so the issue of increasing cash reserves in the bid to tighten the liquidity is going to be detrimental to our economy.

“I understand the challenge the monetary authorities face, but unfortunately, you cannot clap with one hand. The economy is about fiscal and monetary policies – both must work hand-in-hand and when they don’t as they don’t in Nigeria, there can be a crisis.

“We should focus on fiscal issues so that we can grow our economy out of the challenges we had. We should not panic too much because of foreign exchange. We must focus on how we can do things within our economy, and how we can grow our economy and earn more foreign exchange if foreign exchange is our problem, but I believe creating jobs for young people should be more of a priority for us as people at this time.”

 

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