The Federal Government has disagreed barely 48 hours after the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele announced that the country’s currency will be red
Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmad who disowned the policy, said if implemented, the redesigning would portend great consequences for the nation and its economy.
Zainab who commented on the policy in response to question raised by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, during the 2023 budget defence session, warned CBN of consequences that may arise from it.
Senator Bamidele said, ”Just two days after announcement of the policy, value of Naira to a US dollar has reduced from N740 to N788 to a US dollar due to rush in exchange of starched Naira Notes for foreign currencies, particularly dollar.
“To me, the policy may be a well conceived one, but the timing going by realities on ground, is very wrong as the Naira may fall to as low as N1,000 to a US dollar before January 31, 2023 fixed for full implementation of the policy.”
While answering the question, the Minister said she is not aware of the policy but only heard of it from the media .
”Distinguished senators, we were not consulted at the Ministry of Finance by CBN on the planned Naira redesigning and cannot comment on it as regards merits or otherwise.
“However as a Nigerian privileged to be at the top of Nigeria’s fiscal management, the policy as rolled out at this time, portends serious consequences on value of Naira to other foreign currencies.
“I will however appeal to this committee to invite the CBN governor for required explanations as regards merits of the planned policy and rightness or otherwise of its implementation now.”