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CBN Aims At Achieving 2.38 Percent GDP Growth End Of 4Th Quarter Of 2019


The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said that it is targeting 2.38 per cent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate in the fourth quarter of this year.
The apex ban’s Deputy Director in the Financial Policy and Regulations Department, Dr. Hassan Mahmoud, spoke today, December 10 in Yola, at the 2019 workshop for financial journalists, sponsored by the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).
Dr. Mahmoud said that the GDP growth target would be an improvement over the third quarter growth rate of 2.28 per cent.
“If you are looking at the 1.1 per cent that we did in 2015/2016, and 2.28 per cent that we did in the third quarter of 2019, we will see that we have really moved substantially.
“It is difficult to sustain positive rate GDP  growth rates that we are projecting that by the fourth quarter of 2019. We are going to be doing 2.38 per cent, that is CBN projection, the IMF is projecting same growth of 3.31 per cent.”
On the wide gap between lending and saving rates in banks,  he said that it is dependent on customers’ negotiation skills, adding that it is the responsibility of CBN and NDIC to ensure that customers are not ripped off by the excesses of banks.
According to him, CBN is, however, creating ways to discourage the trend. Mahmoud commended the permanece of some fixed income instruments in the financial market, saying that their yield rates had improved.
He, however, card that yield  rates on treasury bills had dropped to as low as eight per cent of recent.
On pension funds, he said the stock had increased to about nine trillion Naira of which the bulk could be invested in non-risky assets.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that his paper was on ` State of the Nigerian Economy and Implications for Stability of the Banking System.

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