2015 elections will not damage Nigeria’s economy – CBN Governor

Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor

The Governor of the Central Bank Governor, CBN, Godwin Emefiele, has said that the 2015 General Elections would not deplete the fortunes and reserves of the country.

Mr. Emefiele gave the assurance on Wednesday in New York, at the Africa Business Summit, a high level international forum on Africa’s investment climate and market with the theme “Africa is Rising, There Are Challenges, Still We Rise.’’

He said Nigeria’s economy was currently doing well and the 2015 elections would not let it take a downturn.

He further said Nigeria currently had a reserve of about $41 billion, “which is the highest in Africa.’’

The CBN governor said though people were predicting a drop in crude prices and revenues, with $41 billion reserve supporting imports and production for the next seven to eight months.

“Nigeria’s economy is doing very well and 2015 will not be different,” he said. “People are generally expecting crude prices to drop and maybe there will be reduction in production and crude prices will fall”.

He allayed the fears of investors in the stability of the economy, stressing that the country’s GDP was consistently moving up.

“Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves fell 18 per cent year-on-year, although it climbed 3.8 per cent in July to $38.49 billion.

“Investors became nervous after the suspension of former Central Bank Governor, Lamido Sanusi in February, and ahead of presidential elections in February 2015 but I assure you we are in a comfortable position.’’

Olusegun Aganga, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, who spoke at the event, said that the summit, which was a Private Public Partnership, was meant to educate and attract investors.

“This platform provides a level of advocacy for Nigeria’s economic image,’’ he added.

The Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, told the audience that there was currently a 73 per cent potential for aeronautical investment in the country.



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  • taiwo adeboye

    This is a good manifesto, if only manifestos were needed to become the Ooni! With all the grand and, I dare say, bogus promises made here one would think the man is contesting for governorship position. Oh, and if he has that in his future, he should be advised to exercise patience o, tori a ki n je meji po l’aba Alade o.
    This is a largely unknown persona, at least in the town and this hagiography, despite the length only contain what the man had done for himself, no reference to anything he had done in the town. I don’t suppose the author would forget to list such accomplishments, if there are any. The author here is simply trying to launder a nonexistent image. But then he wouldn’t be the first, there are other similar authors using similar tactics to prod their candidates up for the throne of Ooni. Ironically, it is the same media they have come to term a meddlesome tyrant that serves their purpose. Ask, what would they have done but for social media? They can write manifesto till tomorrow, canvass for support till the day after, any undeserving King may just die unceremoniously. Fair warning for the ambitious.

  • Demola Oladimeji

    Tunji Ogunwusi is a Mentor to many people irrespective of tribes in Nigeria. He is an household name in Real Estate business in Lagos. He will be a good choice for the youth and bring good needed development to Ife and Yoruba as a whole.

  • Poky

    hope is more people oriented than d former useless occupant of d office, who provided no value whatsoever to his kingdom and always featured on d wrong side of history

  • kehinde

    I reserve my comment on my former employer

  • Rasheed

    WHO THE CROWN FITS..LET HIM WEAR IT–Tunji fits the throne