Why Buhari reappointed Emefiele as CBN governor

Posted by Musa Abdullahi Krishi & Chris Agabi | 10 May 2019 | 1,283 times

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•President Buhari and CBN Governor Emefiele

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor Godwin Emefiele is set to become the first governor of the apex bank to serve a second term since Nigeria’s return to democratic rule in 1999. Already, President Muhammadu Buhari has requested the Senate to confirm the CBN governor for another term of five years.

Buhari’s letter to the upper chamber, dated May 8, 2019, was read by Senate President Bukola Saraki at the end of plenary yesterday. “In view of the expiration of the first tenure of the current Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria on June 2, 2019, and pursuant to the provisions of Section 8 (1) and (2) of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act, 2007, I hereby present for confirmation by the Senate Mr Godwin I. Emefiele for reappointment as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria for a final term of five (5) years.

“It is my hope that the Distinguished Senate will consider and confirm the nominee in the usual expeditious manner,” the president said in the letter. Our correspondent reports that communications from the president are usually read at the beginning of plenary, but because this one came after the commencement of sitting, Saraki had to read it at the end of the session.

Section 8 (1&2) of the CBN Act 2007 states that “The  Governor  and  Deputy-Governors  shall  be  persons  of recognized financial  experience  and  shall  be  appointed  by  the  President subject  to  confirmation  by  the  Senate  on  such  terms  and  conditions  as may be set out in their respective letters of appointment.

“The Governor and Deputy Governors shall be appointed in the first  instance  for  a  term  of  five  years  and  shall  each  be  eligible  for  re-appointment for another term not exceeding five years.”

The Lagos-born Delta State indigene, a former Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, was first appointed on June 2, 2014 by then President Goodluck Jonathan to replace Sanusi Lamido Sanusi who ended his tenure under suspension. Many attributed his emergence at the time to the influence of the founder of Zenith Bank Jim Ovia.

Emefiele had, before his banking career, worked as a lecturer in Finance and Insurance in two Nigerian universities. He holds degrees in Banking and Finance from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and is also an alumnus of Stanford University, Harvard and Wharton Graduate Schools of Business.

Why Emefiele got Buhari’s nod

Emefiele had earlier confirmed his re-nomination at the Association of Assets Custodians of Nigeria (AACN) conference in London, yesterday. Daily Trust learnt that Emefiele was reappointed by the president because of his commitment to funding agricultural activities.

“You know the president believes he did quite a lot in the area of agriculture, particularly rice farming. And you also know that the CBN has been supporting farmers and entrepreneurs through various policies including the Anchor Borrower Programme.

“So the president believes having been a part of this arrangement and knowing the focus of the government, Emefiele should remain so that the feat achieved can be sustained and improved upon,” a source told Daily Trust last night.

Another source said the CBN governor seems to understand the body language of the president when it comes to defending the naira against devaluation. “So he has earned the confidence of the president by toeing this line,” the source added.

•Excerpted from a Daily Trust report.

Source: News Express

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