- The Senate, on Wednesday, passed a resolution summoning the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, to appear before the lawmakers and brief them on the status of the naira.
- In the resolution which followed a two-prayer motion by Senator Nazif Suleiman (APC Bauchi North), the Senate also charged the Federal Government to step up efforts at diversifying the economy.
- Senate President, Bukola Saraki, urged the government to focus on other revenue sources like taxes, agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, and solid minerals.
- Saraki, who commended the mover of the motion, said that the Senate, and indeed all Nigerians, must contribute in the defence of the naira against all other currencies.
“The naira is being subjected to speculations and the only way to defend it is to know that government policy makers are firm in the defence of the naira.
“It will not be easy because speculators are relentless, but if we give all the support and stay on course, our naira will indeed stabilise.
“Nobody would have believed that we could stop the importation of cement; I think we can do that for rice, palm oil, wheat, and other products that we can produce in Nigeria,” he said.
- Saraki said that although some policies might seem to be adversely affecting Nigerians, all citizens should exercise patience, noting that good economic policies would be beneficial.
- In his remarks, sponsor of the motion, Suleiman, expressed worry over naira depreciation in the last few months, especially due to activities of speculators.
- He said that illicit money flow and laundering in the country had contributed to the problems and called for a review of CBN’s foreign exchange processes.
- Other senators who contributed said that the nation’s overdependence on importation rather than manufacturing was a major factor for the depreciation of the naira.