CBN again holds rate at 14%

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has retained the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR), otherwise known as interest rate, at 14 percent.

At the end of its Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting in Abuja Tuesday, the apex bank also resolved to leave the Cash Reserve Requirement (CRR) unchanged at 30 per cent.

The MPR is the rate at which the CBN lend to commercial banks and often determines the cost of borrowing.

Emefiele said three of the 10 members of the monetary policy committee who met voted to tighten by 25 basis points. The rate has been at a record high 14 percent since July 2016, and analysts polled by Reuters predicted the bank would again leave rates unchanged.

Nigeria emerged from its first recession in 25 years in 2017 but continues to suffer from sluggish growth and high inflation.

“There is need to maintain the current monetary policy stance and await a clearer understanding of the quantum and timing of liquidity injections into the economy before deciding on possible adjustments,” Emefiele said.

Annual inflation rose in August over the previous year for the first time in a year and a half, driven by food prices. And economic growth dipped to 1.50 percent in the second quarter, continuing a trend of slowing growth that began in the first quarter.

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