March 14, 2018 / 12:43 PM / 6 months ago

UPDATE 1-Nigeria's Senate to consider report on cenbank nominees next week

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By Camillus Eboh

ABUJA, March 14 (Reuters) - Nigeria’s Senate will next week consider a report into nominations for the central bank’s monetary policy committee, its president said on Wednesday, a move that could end an impasse that has halted policy decisions.

The Senate has held up some of President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominees for the committee in a political spat which has left it unable since the start of the year to form a quorum to set interest rates.

Lawmakers in the Senate said details of the nominees had been formally referred to the committee on banking.

“Your report should be back in one week”, Senate President Bukola Saraki said of the report, to be compiled by the committee.

If lawmakers accept the committee’s report it will be sent to Buhari and the new members can be sworn in.

The central bank was forced to cancel its rate-setting meeting in January because it was unable to reach a quorum. It meant the headline interest rate was left unchanged at 14 percent, where it has been for more than a year.

However, if the report is submitted next Wednesday the new members will not be in place for the next scheduled meeting of the monetary policy committee, which is due to take place on Monday and Tuesday. (Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram Editing by Gareth Jones)

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