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Nigeria House Of Reps Makes Changes To CBN Loans



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CBN Loans Receives New Changes

In the face of opposition, the House of Representatives on Sunday passed a change to the Central Bank of Nigeria Act that increased the maximum amount of Ways and Means Advances from the top bank from 5 to 15%.

In agreement with the Senate, which convened an emergency plenary earlier on Saturday to discuss and pass some economic proposals, the House granted its support during an extraordinary session.

The Federal Government was criticized for obtaining WMAs beyond the CBN’s 5-percent level, prompting the National Assembly to act.

In accordance with Section 38 of the CBN Act, 2007, the apex bank may make short-term advances to the federal government in the event of a temporary shortfall in budgetary revenue at an interest rate that the bank deems appropriate.

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According to lawmakers, attorneys, and economists, the Federal Government and the CBN have both violated Sections 38(2) and (3a) of the Act, and the current securitization proposal will violate Section 38(3b) of the law, so the CBN’s continued lending to the Federal Government is illegal despite not paying off prior advances.

According to a report, In November of last year, the World Bank issued a warning.

“The direct consequence of central banks’ financing of deficits are distortions or surges in the monetary base leading to adverse effects on domestic prices and exchange rates i.e. macroeconomic instability because of excess liquidity that has been injected into the economy,” it said.

Even so, the Senate had authorized an upward assessment of the CBN’s Ways and Means Advances available to the Federal Government.

The National Assembly’s approval of the methods and means and the CBN’s advances to the Federal Government, in their opinion, would enable the Federal Government to fulfill its present and future obligations.

To keep them informed about the proposition for which they had been called to the meeting, some House members, however, criticized the procedure while others objected to the lack of copies of the amendment bill.

Ahmed Wase, the Deputy Speaker, presided over the Committee of the Whole, which was formed by the House to evaluate the bill’s report.

Soli said, “Mr Chairman, does it mean with this amendment, the CBN somehow gives advances to the government at 15 per cent or is it a wake-up call at the twilight – at the end – of this government we are changing this from five per cent to 15 per cent?

“Can the Chairman, (House Committee on) Banking and Currency kindly exchange this explanation not only to the National Assembly but also to Nigerians? Does it mean the CBN granted these advances at 15 per cent or what is going on? This is what we don’t know, Mr Chairman.

“I’m a member of the Committee on Banking and Currency; I didn’t know when these discussions took place. I can stand on privilege – Order 6 – to call for an explanation as a member of this committee (on) how we reached this amendment.”


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