The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, CIBN Lagos State Branch has stated that allowing the floating of the Naira to demand and supply is not sustainable for Nigeria’s quest to achieve economic growth.
In a press conference to herald its 2023 Lagos Bankers Nite themed, “Exchange Rate Unification: Global Implications For Households, Organisations and The Country”, scheduled to hold on the 18th of August, 2023, the Branch Chairman, CIBN Lagos State Branch, Mr. Adeyemo Adeoye said that rather than allow floating of the Naira to demand and supply, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN should adopt what he termed as “managed floating” warning that the floating model would make the Naira less effective since the model is basically based on speculation.
According to him, prior to the unification policy, the difference between the official and parallel market was about N20 which he said had risen to over N200.
“In other climes, they reduce the supply of currency in the nation, by increasing the reserve ratio of banks. Naturally, you will see the impact on the value of the currency, but we have a peculiar economy here. Whereas the rate between the parallel market and the official market is about 5 per cent average in other developed economies, it is about 80 per cent in Nigeria,” he said.
He, however, urged the Tinubu led administration to look inward by prioritising investment to boost the nation’s productive sectors.
Speaking on the Bankers’ Nite, he said the annual event has over the years, been an epitome of social gathering for high profile Bankers in Lagos state, financial industry leaders, key stakeholders in the Nigerian economy, captains of industries and topmost opinion leaders in the society.
“It is an annual event where major financial policies are reviewed and new focus articulated. With well over 500 high profile banking/financial practitioners and other Institutions in attendance, the 2023 Lagos Bankers’ Nite provides an ample avenue for effective networking and a platform for collating and aggregating ideas that could form key inputs that can help the government navigate the prevailing exchange rate management process,” he said.
“As one of our significant stakeholders, with whom we have formed key partnership over the years, we want to encourage you to give this event maximum publicity and mentions so that more Nigerians can benefit from this important event in view of the current economic situation”, he urged.
Photo: (L-R): Mr. Jimoh Osabiya FCIB, Financial. Secretary; Mr. Oyelayo Adekanye FCIB, General Secretary; Mr. Adeoye Adeyemo FCIB, Chairman, CIBN, Lagos; Dr. (Mrs.) Abosede Ogundimu, FCIB, 2nd Vice Chairman; Nze Robert Nnaji FCIB, Treasurer and Mr. Kunle Adefunwa FCIB, Branch Comptroller, at the press briefing announcing the Bankers Night of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Lagos Branch in Yaba, Lagos on Tuesday.
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