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CBN maintains a Hold, keeps MPR constant at 13.5%

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of @cenbank, maintains a hold in Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) at 13.50%. Also, other parameters are held constant. 

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The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), maintains a hold in Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) at 13.50%. Also, other parameters such as CRR, Liquidity ratio and asymmetric corridor are equally held constant.

After the recent cut in the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) by 50 points in March, all hands were on deck as the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, read the communique at the end of two-day MPC meeting on Tuesday in Abuja.

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Highlights of MPC decision

  • MPR is kept at 13.50 percent
  • The asymmetric corridor of +200/-500 basis points around the MPR s retained
  • CRR is held 22.5 percent; and
  • The Liquidity Ratio is also kept at 30 percent.

Reasons to hold Rates – MPC noted that the global and domestic developments have conditioned an environment of low optimism in the macroeconomic and financial sector space, forcing central banks to return to accommodative monetary policy.

Hence, the Committee considered the options of whether to be more accommodative, tighten or hold its position.

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  • MPC felt the recent uptick in inflation should lead to tightening MPR but feared it would constrain Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) to increase access to credit.
  • As regard loosening, MPC noted lowering rates would aggressively restart the capital activities, and stimulate growth.
  • However, MPC noted there is a need to restrain from loosening in order not to exacerbate inflationary pressures
  • Also, MPC noted loosening may expose the economy to liquidity surfeit and without a corresponding increase in real sector output
  • Hence, the decision to maintaining the monetary policy rate at its present level became essential, for a better understanding of the momentum of growth before determining any possible modifications.

Growth Momentum sustained – Despite the 2.01 percent growth in Q1 2019, MPC observed that actual output remains below potential, implying that the economy still had sufficient headroom for non-inflationary growth. The MPC stressed that the recent growth in market capitalization reflected new listings in the market, prominent amongst which are MTN and Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc and additional listing from the merger between Access Bank and Diamond Bank.

However, MPC stressed the Nigerian economy still exhibits some fragility in output growth during the second quarter of 2019. Meanwhile, the committee stated that its revised output projections indicate that the Nigerian economy would grow by 2.38 percent by the CBN in 2019.

Analsyts expected a hold – Analysts expected a hold of the MPC rate, due to the relative stability enjoyed in the foreign exchange market. According to Mr. Ayodele Akinwumi, the head of research at First Securities Discount House Limited (FSDH),

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“A further cut in rate could lead to lower yields, a further cut could lead to capital flight in the economy and hamper economic performance. As a result, a hold decision on the MPR seems more appropriate.”

Similarly, financial market expert, Onome Ohwovoriole, expected MPC to keep rates constant.

“A cut is out of the question in view of rising inflation. Also, an increase is unlikely in light of fragile growth as evidenced by the 2.01 percent Q1 2019 GDP growth. Also note that. As for the economy, a hold decision will have little or no impact as Nigeria is not a credit driven economy, where the interest rate is of great importance.”

Markets may turn bearish – In the MPC communique, it was stated CBN should introduce mechanisms to limit Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) access to government securities so as to redirect bank’s lending focus to the private sector.

The implication of this is that, by dissuading banks from investing in treasury bills and other government securities, CBN is basically triggering less demand in its bills which could lower yields on TBills. It means anyone looking to buy treasury bills should start to look forward to even low yields.

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Reacting to the hold of MPR, the publisher of Nairametrics, Ugo Obi-Chukwu, stated

“The stock market relies on demand to boost trade and returns. The negative return year to day is largely due to lack of interest by portfolio investors. By keeping rates high, most investors will still rather buy government securities than invest in stocks. So retail investors should see this as more reason why they may avoid stocks”

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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 8th of July 2020, 460 new confirmed cases and 15 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

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The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continue to record significant increase as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 30,249 confirmed cases.

On the 8th of July 2020, 460 new confirmed cases and 15 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total test of 169,629 samples across the country.

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To date, 30,249 cases have been confirmed, 12,373 cases have been discharged and 684 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 169,629 tests have been carried out as of July 6th, 2020 compared to 152,952 tests a day earlier.

COVID-19 Case Updates- 8th July 2020,

  • Total Number of Cases – 30,249
  • Total Number Discharged – 12,373
  • Total Deaths – 684
  • Total Tests Carried out – 169,629

According to the NCDC, the 460 new cases were reported from 21 states- Lagos (150), Rivers (49), Oyo (43), Delta (38), FCT (26), Anambra (20), Kano (20), Plateau (18), Edo (14), Bayelsa (13), Enugu (13), Osun (12), Kwara (10), Borno (8), Ogun (7), Kaduna (6), Imo (4), Bauchi (3), Gombe (3), Niger (2), Adamawa (1).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 11,670, followed by Abuja (2,348), Oyo (1,573), Edo (1,503), Delta (1,323), Kano (1,291), Rivers (1,284), Ogun (1,057),  Kaduna (889), Katsina (628), Borno (563), Ondo (550), Gombe (524), Bauchi (519), Ebonyi (503), Plateau (478), Enugu (431), Abia (400),  Imo (356), Jigawa (318).

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Kwara state has recorded 307 cases, Bayelsa (282), Nasarawa (234), Osun (210), Sokoto (153),  Niger (124), Benue (121), Akwa Ibom (112), Adamawa (100), Anambra (93), Kebbi (86), Zamfara (76), Yobe (61), Ekiti (45), Taraba (27), while Kogi and Cross River state have recorded 5 cases each.

 

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Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020.

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Update: FG suspends reopening of schools, students won’t write 2020 WAEC

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said that WAEC should suspend exams.

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The Federal Government has just announced that schools under its control will not be reopening for the forthcoming West African Examination Council (WAEC) exams.

This was disclosed in a tweet post by the aide to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi from his official Twitter handle on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.

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According to Ogunlesi, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said that WAEC should suspend exams and also urges State Governments to toe the line of the Federal Government as this is not the right time to reopen.

According to the tweet post, ‘’Minister of Education has just announced that schools under control of the Federal Government will not be reopening for the forthcoming WAEC exams. Says WAEC should suspend exams and urges State Governments to toe Federal Government line. This is not the right time to reopen,’’

Adamu, while addressing state house correspondents after the virtual Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, said that none of the schools under the control of his ministry will resume until schools are considered safe enough

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The Minister appealed to the State Governments that have already announced the resumption of schools to reconsider that as it is not safe and the students should be protected. He said that he would prefer that students lose an academic year than expose them to dangers.

He also debunked an earlier report that claimed that the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, announced that schools will be resuming on August 4, 2020. Adamu said that the Minister of State must have been misquoted as the schools under the supervision of the ministry will not be opening on August 4 or anytime soon.

Going further, Adamu pointed out that WAEC will not determine what Nigeria will do as he will rather have the country lose a school year than exposing the students to danger.

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Tizeti reinstates Kendall Ananyi as CEO after investigation into alleged sexual misconduct

The investigations into the allegations could not establish a case of sexual harassment, .  

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Tizeti, MainOne extend partnership to expand highspeed WiFi services in Africa, Tizeti reinstates Kendall Ananyi as CEO after investigation into alleged rape

Following the conclusion of the independent special investigation, Tizeti Board of directors have reinstated Kendall Ananyi as Chief Executive Officer.

With this development, the interim Co-CEOs Ifeanyi Okonkwo and Patricia Aiyedun, will return to their respective positions as Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer.

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According to a statement published on its website, the company stated that investigations into the allegations of sexual harassment could not establish a case of sexual harassment.

The board had on June 7 appointed an Independent Special Investigation Committee of its Board of Directors to investigate allegations of sexual harassment made against Kendall Ananyi, the embattled CEO.

To ensure the independence of the committee, the CEO stepped down and was walled off from communications with the Independent Special Investigation Committee and any matters related to the investigation, the statement read.

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After a month of investigations, the committee led by Senior Advocate of Nigeria Olumide Sofowora, SAN, C.Arb. of Olumide Sofowora Chambers, stated that no clear case of sexual harassment had been established, and recommended that the CEO be reinstated.

According to the statement, the committee researched “what actions would constitute sexual harassment, gathered relevant information from a number of sources in both Nigeria and Ghana, and conducted a number of interviews, including separately interviewing both the accuser and Mr. Ananyi”.

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It was based on this that the independent legal counsel concluded that a clear case of sexual harassment had not been established.

The company promised that a sexual harassment policy would be put in place going forward.

“Tizeti remains fully committed to high ethical standards, gender equality, providing a workplace that is free from sexual harassment and ensuring that its diverse team feels comfortable and safe at all times.

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“Tizeti wants to ensure that it has best in class policies and procedures going forward.  As a result, Tizeti will be updating its code of conduct and putting in place a sexual harassment policy that is in line with best practices and encourages the reporting of any potential incidents,” it said.

 

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