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Subsidy Removal: The bleeding of Nigeria resources has stopped – Cardoso



Dr. Olayemi Cardoso

The governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Yemi Cardoso, said on Monday that the removal of subsidy has put an end to the economic haemorrhage in the country.

The governor made this statement at the National Economic Summit in Abuja, noting that the country was bleeding out its resources during the regime of subsidy.

Cardoso said that while he recognized the current challenges associated with the removal of the fuel subsidy, he assured Nigerians that they have no reason to be anxious over the state of the nation since the thing responsible for the “fiscal bleeding” of the economy namely subsidy has been removed.

The CBN boss also noted that since the removal of fuel subsidy Nigeria has witnessed a substantial increase in revenue generation in the foreign exchange market, highlighting that Nigeria is now on the oath of rebuilding its economy.

He stated,

Speaking further, the head of the CBN also emphasized that there will no longer be flip-flop policy decisions in the foreign exchange market, noting that the market will now be predictable, and transparent and provide a levelled playing field for all interested investors and participants.

He stated that the lack of transparency in the FX market has resulted in a trust deficit on the part of the investors.

“The attempt at the unification of the foreign exchange market is not by any means perfect at least substantially more revenue has come in. The combination of those two things, in addition to some of the efforts that have been made on the fiscal side, is commendable.

And in due course, we will see the outcome. There are more difficult decisions to be made, but two very difficult decisions have been taken. Now, it’s a question of managing things to get to where we want to get to. And that is where we want to get to be a place where we have FX that is fixed for purpose. A FX that works for everybody. A FX market where you know the rules. A foreign exchange market where there are no policies flip-flops. An FX market that you can predict. That is what we do.

In addition, the CBN governor said that Nigeria is witnessing an increase in interest in foreign portfolio investment since the FX reforms. He further stated that confidence has been restored in the Nigerian market.

He also said the CBN will publish robust policy documentation on what the rules of the FX market operation will be in the coming weeks.