The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, said this in Washington DC that foreign loans were cheaper as some countries had negative interest rates compared to the local market.
Clarifying the recent decision by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to retain higher interest rates, she denied forcing the apex bank to lower the interest rate at the last MPC meeting.
“When you are doing expansion, you need low interest rates and that is the general economics. If you actually listened, I said monetary policy committees are independent, they know what they are seeing on the monetary supply side.
So, do I still need lower interest rates now, yes! And for as long as I am running a deficit financing, I need it. But does that mean that they should lower interest rates at once”.