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Minister of Finance Claims Ignorance of Plan To Redesign Naira

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Minister of Finance Claims Ignorance of Plan To Redesign Naira

The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, on Friday claimed ignorance of the move to redesign the Naira by the Central Bank of Nigeria adding that, her ministry was not consulted.

She made the disclosure during the budget debate of the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning in Abuja.

The Minister said even though one of the reasons for the decision is to manage inflation, consequences are sure to follow.

“We were not consulted,” she said. “It was an announcement that we heard. Part of the reasons that was advocated is that it is one of the ways to mop up the liquidity to manage inflation.

“But there are also consequences – we are looking at what the consequences will be. There will be some benefits but there will be some challenges.

“And I don’t know whether the monetary authorities have actually looked very closely at what the consequences and how they will mitigate it.”

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