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The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria has voted to increase the benchmark interest rate (MPR) by 100 basis points to 16.5%, the highest level since 2001.

This was disclosed by the Governor of CBN, Godwin Emefiele, while reading the communique of the last MPC meeting of the year on Tuesday, 22nd November 2022.

During the meeting, the MPC noted that the tightening will help restore investors’ confidence whilst curbing higher rate of inflation.

Highlights of the Committee’s decision include increase in MPR by 100 basis points to 16.5%, the asymmetric corridor of +100/-700 basis points around the MPR was retained, and CRR was retained at 32.5%, while the Liquidity Ratio was also kept at 30%.

Recall, that the apex bank had increased the MPR from 11.5% earlier this year to 15.5% across three consecutive rate hikes.

Nigeria’s inflation rate rose to 21.09% in October 2022 from 20.77% recorded in the previous month, an indication of a further rise in the cost of goods and services, despite the hawkish move by the CBN in the past six months.

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