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Published On: Tue, Nov 22nd, 2016

Senate Oppose Law to Jail FOREX Hoarders, Says Law Will Distract Foreign Investors

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LAGOS NOVEMBER 22ND (URHOBOTODAY)-Senate on Monday vowed to oppose recommendation by the Nigerian Law Reform Commission for a review of the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Act in order to empower the Central Bank of Nigeria to jail people for up to two years or fine them for 20 percent of the amount of the foreign currency held in their possession for more than 30 days.
The Senate said this in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi.
Abdullahi stated that with its focus on boosting investor’ confidence in the nation’s economy, such move as proposed by the Commission that will prevent investors from making free entry and free exit from the market will be outrightly rejected by its members.
“The measure is disruptive and counterproductive, threatening to undermine many of the reform efforts already underway in the legislature and by government ministries intended to boost investor confidence.
“The Senate would never pass such a punitive and regressive proposal. Overall, some of the Commission’s recommendation has many sound attributes and could help Nigeria’s investment climate.
“We believe the CBN should have the authority to regulate the forex market and determine the exchange rate policy as already enshrined in its enabling Act.”
“A market-oriented exchange rate policy is the best recipe for guiding the operations of the foreign exchange market.
“This will ensure the supremacy of market mechanisms in efficiently allocating the scarce forex resources”, the Senate stated.
The statement added: “we will continue to work with the Executive to halt the worsening recession and return to economic growth.”

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