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Nigeria’s Inflation Soars to a 17-Year High in January 2023 Amidst Naira Redesign



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Inflation in Nigeria has continued to rise in January 2023, with a new 17-year high of 21.82 per cent, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

This is an increase of 0.48 per cent from December 2022’s inflation rate of 21.34 per cent, and a significant rise in comparison to January 2022’s inflation rate of 15.60 per cent.

The increase in inflation can be attributed to a variety of factors, including disruptions in the supply of food products, increases in import costs due to the naira’s depreciation, and a general increase in the cost of production. In addition to these factors, the Central Bank of Nigeria’s recent redesign of the naira is expected to help control inflation.

According to the CBN, the redesign of the naira will help to bring the hoarded currency into the banking system, making monetary policy more effective. It will also provide more accurate data on money supply and monetary aggregates, which will help with better design and implementation of monetary policy.

In January 2023, the prices of bread and cereal, rent, potatoes, yam and tuber, vegetables, and meat all increased, contributing to the overall increase in inflation. These rising prices have been a source of concern for Nigerians, as they have made it difficult for people to afford basic necessities.

The government of Nigeria is expected to take steps to address the rising inflation, including increasing food production and improving infrastructure to support local manufacturing. It will also need to work with the CBN to ensure that its monetary policies are effective in controlling inflation and stabilizing the economy.

Nigeria’s inflation has continued to rise, reaching a new 17-year high in January 2023. The government and the CBN must take steps to address this issue and work towards stabilizing the economy, including increasing food production and improving infrastructure, and ensuring that monetary policies are effective in controlling inflation.