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Moghalu Sheds More Light On Naira Redesign

Thursday 3 November 2022

Moghalu Sheds More Light On Naira Redesign
Kingsley Moghalu

A former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Kingsley Moghalu, has stressed the urgent need for complete overhaul of economic thinking and management in Nigeria as a way of redeeming the deteriorating value of the country’s currency.

Moghalu had opined the decision of the apex financial institution in the country to redesign Naira notes would have temporary impact on Nigeria’s dwindling economy.

The former presidential aspirant, in a series of tweets on Thursday stated that the window between December and January before 2023 elections would be too short for the planned policy to impact positively on the country.

The Economic expert also accused the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, of politicizing the apex bank, citing this as reason for the controversies generated by the announcement of the policy.

He, however, said the decision by the Central Bank was purely constitutional and within its right.

The tweets read: “The CBN is an independent statutory corporation. It is not a Ministry, Department or Agency (MDA). Many people don’t understand this. The nature and functions of central banking require that it is independent.

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“I suspect that part of why the currency redesign has been so controversial is that there is a trust deficit between the Nigerian public and the current leadership of the Bank, which needlessly politicized the Bank. This also is a function of the kind of political leadership and government we have.

“But as I said, on this matter the CBN is well within its rights. Will the move succeed? I don’t know. If it is 50-60% successful that would be great in reality, because many vested interests in Nigeria, some pure criminals, have a spectacular capacity for negative innovation.

“Again, as I have said, the time window between December 15 and January 31 2023 is a bit short. A 90-day window would have been more ideal, and so the move should perhaps have come earlier so as not to have a disruptive effect on the 2023 elections in February.

“Regarding the impact of the currency redesign on the value of the naira, I and many others foresaw this. But the problem with the value of the naira is more fundamental. Even without this currency redesign, I predicted many months ago that the naira hit 1000 naira to $1 by the end of this year just based on economic fundamentals.

“The redesign is a temporary operation, so its own specific impact of naira value will be temporary. We will then return to the real issues about naira value. That requires a complete overhaul of economic thinking & management.”

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via: Information Nigeria

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