The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria, ICSAN, has recommended the Federal Government, FG, and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to look for alternatives to boosting the Monetary Policy Rate, MPR, to control inflation.
Her words: “I think this year alone CBN has increased MPR about four times by a total of about 225 basis points. That is huge. But what do we see? Has it had any impact on inflation? I will say no.
“So I think that it is very important for CBN to look beyond this orthodox method because it doesn’t look like it is working for us. I believe that the government should look beyond the management of interest rates to curb inflation.
“There are so many areas the government can look into to make the economy more efficient.
“There is a need to increase real investment in infrastructure for instance. And I think for CBN as well, economic policies should be made taking cognizance of our own peculiarities and what would work for us.
“The government should also try to reduce leakages in the system because at the end of the day, when you look at the cost of governance all of these have a direct impact on growth and the ability of the government to invest.”
Ekundayo cited the maintenance of a large number of aids, the large salaries and allowances of public office holders, and the duplication of duties within Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as factors that have increased the cost of governance in the nation, noting that these are some areas the government should investigate to lower the cost of governance.