Nigeria has a new central bank governor
On Tuesday, the Nigerian Senate confirmed Yemi Cardoso as the new governor of Nigeria's Central Bank following an extensive screening session.
Cardoso, a seasoned banker, takes the reins from Godwin Emefiele, whose contentious policies had raised concerns about the CBN's autonomy.
The Senate also approved four deputy governors: Emem Nnana Usoro, Muhammad Sani Abdullahi Dattijo, Philip Ikeazor, and Bala M. Bello. Although Cardoso's political ties may face scrutiny, his primary responsibilities involve addressing rampant inflation and stabilizing a beleaguered currency.
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When Olayemi Cardoso assumes full control of Nigeria's central bank this week, his foremost challenges will be to rebuild its credibility after eight years of mismanagement, instill confidence in Africa's weakest currency, and curb a soaring inflation rate, among the highest on the continent. Since assuming office in May, President Bola Tinubu has implemented a series of crucial reforms, including the discontinuation of a $10 billion annual fuel subsidy and the liberalization of the foreign exchange market. While these reforms were necessary, they have had a crippling effect on an already struggling economy. The Nigerian naira has plummeted to historic lows, and gasoline prices have more than tripled, pushing the inflation rate to its highest level in over 18 years.