N5.5trn fiscal deficit report wrong, CBN says

By Peter Egwuatu

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it will improve access to finance and credit for households, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in 2022.

The CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, said this at an event held recently in Lagos, stressing that there is need for all stakeholders to join in building a more resilient economy that would contain external shocks while supporting growth and wealth creation in key sectors of the economy.

He stated: “The policy focus of the bank for 2022 is with a pledge to sustain improved access to finance and credit for households and businesses, mobilise investment to boost domestic productivity, enable faster growth of non-oil exports, and support employment generating activities.”

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According to him one of the vital lessons learned from the COVID-19 outbreak was the need to make conscious measures to diversify Nigeria’s economic base.

  “Proactive steps on the part of stakeholders in the private sector, in collaboration with the government in supporting the growth of sectors such as manufacturing, ICT, and infrastructure, will strengthen our ability to deal with the challenges of COVID-19 and stimulate further growth of our economy.” he added.

Speaking about the importance of creating an efficient infrastructure ecosystem in Nigeria, he disclosed that all necessary approvals had been obtained for the Infrastructure Corporation of Nigeria (InfraCo) to begin operations in early 2022.

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