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‘CBN doesn’t owe you any information’, Moghalu tells Zainab over naira redesign

FORMER Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Kingsley Moghalu, has reacted to a statement credited to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, over the planned redesign of Naira notes by the Central Bank.

The Minister had yesterday said her ministry was not consulted by the apex financial institution as regards its latest decision.

Ahmed, in a response to a question during a 2023 budget session at the National Assembly, argued that the planned policy would portend grave consequences for the economy of the country.

However, in a series of tweets today, Moghalu backed the Central Bank on its decision, stressing that the policy would allow it take control of money supply in the country.

The former presidential aspirant faulted the finance minister for feeling unnecessarily entitled to information from the apex bank.

He, however, blamed CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, over the undue politicization of the highest financial institution in the country.

The tweets read: “Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed’s comment to the National Assembly that she was not aware of the Naira redesign by Central Bank should not mislead anyone into thinking the CBN owes her that kind of information. The Bank only needs the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari for this particular exercise.

“It received that approval. There are only three issues on which, in the CBN Act of 2007, the Bank should obtain external authorization, and only from the President of Nigeria, for its operations: 1. Any alterations to the legal tender (the Naira); 2. any investment of the Bank’s funds outside Nigeria; 3. the Bank’s annual report.

“Outside of these, the only approving authorities for CBN operations are its Committee of Governors (note the “s”) consisting of the Governor and the four Deputy Governors , and the Board of Directors of the CBN, which includes the Governor, the four Deputy Governors, and 7 external members which include the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Accountant-General of the Federation.

“My criticism of the current Governor of the Bank in the past is that he has politicized the central bank by routinely subjecting its operations to the whims and caprices of the Presidency far beyond what is the appropriate relationship, and compromised the independence of the CBN as a result.

“That is why the Finance Minister erroneously feels entitled to be informed or consulted. The CBN should now focus hard on the implementation of this policy. It will impose huge pressures on the banking system as I have said in mother comment.

“How can the woman frying akara in the rural areas, who keeps most of her cash under her pillow, be aided to come into the banking system under this new policy? There are others as well whose money is outside the banking system for reasons that are not negative.”

1 Comment
  1. Avatar of mickykarim
    mickykarim says

    THE FIGHT OVER INTRODUCTION OF NEW CURRENCY NOTES MAY BE GETTING MESSIER IN THE COMING DAYS.

    Stay tuned!

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