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Why We Banned Crypto Transactions – CBN

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has explained its position on cryptocurrencies as contained in its recent circular.
In a statement on Sunday, the CBN said: “The recent regulatory directive became necessary to protect the financial system and the generality of Nigerians (including the youth population) from the risks inherent in crypto assets transactions, which have escalated in recent times, with dire consequences for the integrity of the financial system and financial stability.

“Due to the fact that cryptocurrencies are largely speculative, anonymous and untraceable they are increasingly being used for money laundering, terrorism financing and other criminal activities.
“Small retail and unsophisticated investors also face high probability of loss due to the high volatility of the investments in recent times.

“As a result of these realities and analyses, the CBN has no pleasure in cryptocurrencies at this time and will relentlessly do all within its regulatory powers to educate Nigerians to stay away from its use and protect our financial system from activities of fraudsters and speculators” the apex bank stated in a statement by acting Director of Corporate Communications, Osita Nwanisobi.

Cryptocurrencies it noted, are digital or virtual currencies issued by largely anonymous entities and secured by cryptography.

CBN argued that China, Canada, Taiwan, Indonesia, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Bolivia, Kyrgyzstan, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iran, Bangladesh, Nepal and Cambodia have all placed certain level of restrictions on financial institutions facilitating cryptocurrency transactions.

“Mr Buffett believes it is a ‘gambling device’ given that they are mostly valuable because the person buying it does so, not as a means of payment; but in the hope they can sell it for even more than what they paid at some point.

“During an online forum hosted by the Davos-based World Economic Forum few weeks ago, Andrew Bailey, the Governor of the Bank of England, highlighted the extreme price volatility of cryptocurrencies as one of the biggest flaws and explained that this flaw makes it impossible for them to be used as a lasting means of payment.”

Again, due to the fact that cryptocurrencies are issued by unregulated and unlicensed entities, “their use in Nigeria goes against the key mandates of the CBN, as enshrined in the CBN Act (2007), as the issuer of legal tender in Nigeria.
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“In effect, the use of cryptocurrencies in Nigeria are a direct contravention of existing law.”

CBN however, asserted that its actions were not in any way, contrary to the development of FinTech or a technology-driven payment system.

“To the contrary, the Nigerian payment system has evolved significantly over the last decade, leapfrogging many of its counterparts in emerging, frontier and advanced economies propelled by reforms driven by the CBN.”

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NBS Puts Rate Of Inflation In One Month At 19.64%

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NBS Puts Rate Of Inflation In One Month At 19.64%

Inflation rate rose to 19.64 per cent in July 2022 from 18.60 per cent in June 2022, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

It was 1.82% increase from that of the previous month, said the Bureau in its report titled “CPI July 2022.”

The report noted the highest increases were recorded in prices of gas, liquid fuel, solid fuel, passenger, transport by road, passenger transport by air, garments, cleaning, repair and hire of clothing.

Inflation rate which measures Composite Price Index (CPI) was the highest since September 2005.

The report said: “In July 2022, on a year –on- year basis, the headline inflation rate was 19.64%,” It added that “This was 2.27% points higher compared to the rate recorded in July 2021, which was (17.3%).

It added that on a month-on-month basis, the headline inflation rate in July 2022 was 1.817 %, which was 0.001% higher than the rate recorded in June 2022 (1.816 %).

The NBS said the percentage change in the average CPI for the twelve months period ending July 2022 over the average of the CPI for the previous twelve months period was 16.75%, showing a 0.46% increase compared to 16.30% recorded in July 2021.

According to the report, increases were recorded in all Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose (COICOP) functions and all-items basis.

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It added that on a year-on-year basis, in the month of July 2022, the urban inflation rate was 20.09%, this was 2.08% higher compared to 18.01% recorded in July 2021.

The report noted that on a month-on-month basis, the urban inflation rate was 1.82% in July 2022, this was a 0.0002% decline compared to June 2022 (1.82%).

It said in July 2022, food inflation on a year-on-year basis was highest in Kwara (29.28%), Akwa Ibom (27.22%), and Kogi (26.08%), while Kaduna (17.16%), Jigawa (17.46%) and Anambra (19.25%) recorded the slowest rise on year-on-year food inflation.

The bureau said on a month-on-month basis, July 2022 food inflation was highest in Kwara (3.90%), Delta (3.61%), and Benue (2.94%), while Taraba (0.14%), Gombe (0.94%), and Niger (1.13%) recorded the slowest rise on month-on-month inflation.

 

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Debt Profile Under Buhari Worrisome – CBN

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Nigeria’s increasing debt profile under President Muhammadu Buhari is a source of worry to the Central Bank of Nigeria ( CBN) .

This was disclosed in a communique by the CBN’s monetary policy committee  released on Wednesday.

“The committee noted the Federal Government’s increasing debt profile and expressed concerns over debt sustainability given that global uncertainties remain elevated”, the apex said.

The financial regulator urged the federal government to take on urgent measures to cope with debt burden.

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“The MPC thus reiterated its call to the Federal Government to urgently diversify its revenue sources through various initiatives, such as, the development of a viable tax framework for the extractive and mineral export industries, to strengthen its fiscal buffers.”

As at March 2022, Nigeria’s total public debt hit N41.60 trillion, according to the Debt Management Office.

The Buhari regime has often rebuffed concern about its acute borrowings, justifying that the funds are invested in capital projects with lasting impact.

 

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BREAKING: CBN Raises Interest Rate To 14% To Tame Rising Inflation

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BREAKING: CBN Raises Interest Rate To 14% To Tame Rising Inflation

As a measure to tame rising inflation, the policy-setting committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has raised the monetary policy rate (MPR), which measures interest rate, from 13 percent to 14 percent.

The monetary policy rate (MPR) is the baseline interest rate in an economy, every other interest rate used within an economy is built on it.

READ ALSO: CBN Raises Benchmark Interest Rate To 13%

Addressing journalists on Tuesday after the committee’s meeting at the CBN headquarters in Abuja, Godwin Emefiele, governor of the apex bank, said the hike in interest rate would help tame rising inflation.

 

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