Senate Will Reject Proposal To Punish People For Ownership Of Forex
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November 21, 2016 ( Post 1 )
The Senate has expressed surprise at a recommendation by the Nigerian Law Reform Commission for a review of the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Act in order to empower the Central Bank of Nigeria to jail people for up to two years or fine them for 20 percent of the amount of the foreign currency held in their possession for more than 30 days.
The Senate in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi stated that with its focus on boosting investor' confidence in the nation's economy, such move as proposed by the Commission that will prevent investors from making free entry and free exit from the market will be outrightly rejected by its members.
"The measure is disruptive and counter productive, threatening to undermine many of the reform efforts already underway in the legislature and by government ministries intended to boost investor confidence.
” A market-oriented exchange rate policy is the best recipe for guiding the operations of the foreign exchange market. This will ensure the supremacy of market mechanisms in efficiently allocating the scarce forex resources", the Senate stated.
Last September, the Senate spearheaded an economic agenda to pass key reform legislations to promote economic growth through greater public sector participation, boost investor confidence and create jobs
Also in June, the CBN was cheered for loosening its control over exchange rate policy in a bid to encourage investors to return to Nigeria and prevent capital flight. Hopes were high after the Nigerian government finally allowed the naira to float, as was recommended by domestic and international investment advisors. Currently, however, the markets do not reflect a loosening of CBN control over the forex market, leading to the emergence of multiple exchange rates.
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