The President/Chairman of Council , Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Prof. Segun Ajibola has said the aggressive intervention by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will help stabilise the naira.
Ajibola, said this in an interview with journalists, on the sidelines of the instituteâ€™s 2017 annual general meeting that took place in Lagos recently.
According to the university don, the forex market in any part of the world is a very sensitive market and as such requires effective and constant â€œpolicing.â€
He stressed that the intervention of the CBN is inevitable.
â€œWhat is happening in the market normally is a function of the forces of demand and supply. So, with the intervention of the CBN, we have seen some improvement in the foreign exchange rate in terms of naira and dollar, because supply has improved.
â€œWe only pray that Nigeria as a country would continue to generate more foreign exchange, either from oil and gas, or from non-oil exports, so that the intervention would be sustainable and we begin to feel the positive impact of the intervention in the economy. So, it has been very helpful, but sustainability remains the concern,â€ he added.
The CIBN boss also expressed optimism that the Nigerian economy would record positive growth this year.
â€œI believe the economy is recovering from the recession it found itself last year. The global oil market is recording some improvements and some other sectors of the economy are growing and making waves.
â€œWith all these put together, we expect some modest improvement in the overall performance of the economy in 2017. And when this happens, it would rub off positively on the banking industry.
â€œAs at today, there are still a lot of challenges in the industry, such as in the area of performance, by borrowers in particular, honouring their obligations as at when due.
â€œBut, as the economy improves, we expect the improvement to positively impact the banking sector and financial institutions generally,â€ Ajibola added. At the meeting, the instituteâ€™s 2016 annual reports and accounts were considered and approved.