See IMF demands as Governors challenge CBN directives on old naira notes
- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is urging a review of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) act
- This call comes as some governors challenge directives issued by the CBN in the Supreme Court
- Some governors have issued counter-directives on the legal status of the old 1,000, 500 naira notes
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called for a review of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act 2007 to enhance the bank’s autonomy and governance.
IMF stated this in its latest report titled ‘Nigeria: 2022 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Nigeria released on its website.
According to the global institution, the CBN’s autonomy has been disputed due to its naira redesign policy.
It also stressed that some governors have issued counter-directives on the old naira notes using the supreme court pending case, Punch reports.
IMF gives reasons
In its article, IMF pointed out the importance of maintaining the CBN’s autonomy to make price stability its primary objective, urging CBN to abide by international standards, publish its annual financial statements, and reduce government officials’ presence on its apex board and committees.
The IMF also recommended modernizing the CBN Act 2007, strengthening the CBN’s autonomy, safeguarding the independence and tenure of central bank officials, and phasing out some quasi-fiscal activities that may worsen financial repression and weaken the CBN’s price stability mandate.
Part of the article reads:
The CBN Act should be updated to make price stability the main goal, improve the bank’s independence by decreasing the number of government officials on the board and committees, and protecting the tenure of central bank officials. Legal changes should establish independent oversight, including a non-executive board and independent audit committee.
“Financial autonomy should be safeguarded through clear statutory limits on credit to government and prohibition of quasi-fiscal operations and developmental lending activities, which need to be phased out.”
CBN to arrest PoS operators, naira note vendors, releases contact details
Meanwhile, the Central bank of Nigeria has expressed its intention to punish PoS operators that charge high withdrawal fees
The CBN is also targeting naira note dealers as it ramps up its efforts to alleviate Nigerians’ sufferings
The CBN has also made phone numbers and email addresses available for Nigerians to report offenders