The Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) has said that the country’s inflation rate which stood at 12.82 per cent in July may rise up to 14.15 per cent by the end of December 2020 as the Federal Government’s deficit rises due to current economic challenges in the country.
This was disclosed on Friday, Sept. 12,2020 in a report titled ‘Monetary, credit, foreign trade and exchange policy guidelines for fiscal years 2020/2021’.
To ameliorate the impact of slow economic activities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, it stated that fiscal and monetary policy responses were put in place to neutralise the adverse effects on growth-inducing sectors of the economy.
“Specifically, headline inflation is expected to hover around 13.97 and 14.15 per cent at end-December 2020, owing to supply shocks which may likely happen due to decline in economic activities, globally as a result of COVID-19 pandemic that started in China in Q4:2019; demand shocks emanating from domestic and international lockdowns; food supply shocks associated with non-tariff border protection; and effect of the implementation of the new budget and minimum wage.” The report read.
The CBN stated that in 2020/2021, the primary objective of monetary policy remained the maintenance of price and financial system stability.