The CBN Director of Corporate Communications, Mr Osita Nwanisiobi, said this at the opening session of a two-day fair organised on Wednesday in Owerri by the apex bank.
Nwanisiobi, represented by the Deputy Director Corporate Communications Department, Mr Sam Okogbue, said that the interventions were aimed at business emancipation and poverty reduction.
Speaking on the theme: “Promoting Financial Stability and Economic Development”, Nwanisiobi said that the CBN had rolled out interventions in the agricultural, manufacturing and other sectors.
He said that the CBN’s Anchor Borrower’s programme was the nation’s saving grace for the increased availability of rice during the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, rice was the most single popular component of our palliatives. This is a result of the CBN’s Anchor Borrower’s programme for rice farmers,” he said.
He said that Nigeria’s over-dependence on importation was a factor responsible for the fall in the exchange rate of the Naira.
He described the manufacturing sector as a live wire for economic development.
“No successful economy thrives on promoting imported products over the exportation of locally manufactured products,” he said.
Speaking, Mrs Uchenna Onyene of the CBN’s Currency Operations Department called on Nigerians to handle the Naira with care in line with the provisions of Section 21, Sub-section 4 of the CBN Act 2007.
She also urged Nigerians to embrace the CBN’s cashless policy to reduce risk and promote seamlessness of transactions, adding that the bank was committed to ensuring innovation in payments for a better customer experience.