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Nigeria’s inflation picks up again in January, driven by food

by Haruna Gimba

By Haruna Gimba with agency report

Inflation in Nigeria picked up again in January, hitting 21.82 per cent in annual terms, driven by higher food inflation, its statistics agency said on Wednesday.

Inflation had risen in Africa’s biggest economy for 10 straight months, prompting a string of interest rate hikes from the central bank, before a dip to 21.34 per cent in December.

Food inflation, which accounts for the bulk of Nigeria’s inflation basket, rose to 24.32 per cent in January from 23.75 per cent in December.

High inflation, weak economic growth and mounting insecurity are major issues for voters as Nigeria heads for legislative and presidential elections this month.

“The contributions of items on a class basis to the increase in the headline index are: bread and cereal, actual and imputed rent, potatoes, yam and tuber, vegetable and meat,” the National Bureau of Statistics said in its inflation report.

Policymakers have linked inflationary pressures to Nigeria’s infrastructure problems and the fact that a lot of items people consume are imported.

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele has said the bank will maintain a hawkish stance on rates if inflation remains elevated.

The CBN hiked its key interest rate to 17.5 per cent in January, meaning there have been 600 basis points of rate hikes since last May.

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