Some economists have urged the Federal Government to tackle the rising inflation rate, by initiating viable monitory policy geared at enhancing the real sectors of the economy.
They said this in separate interviews with our reporter on Thursday in Lagos.
The Managing Director, Proshare Nigeria Ltd., Mr Femi Awoyemi, said the federal government must continue to support the productive sectors to grow.
“There is need to continue enhancing the productive sectors through adequate foreign exchange. This is because it is key for domestic manufacturers to purchase raw materials and spares for their productions.
“It will enable them to operate at optimal levels and produce substituted imported goods,” Awoyemi said.
He noted that the federal government needed to continue improving on the business climate environment to attract investment.
“Creating the right environment will lure foreign capital inflows into the economy.
The challenges associated with availability of adequate foreign exchange will be addressed and expedite economic growth,” Awoyemi said.
Also, Mr Nnamdi Infenkwe, Senior Manager, Nissi Agro Allide Services, said the federal government could check inflation by having a price control board.
“The introduction of such policy will allow for some quasi-government supervisions of prices.
“The arbitrary increase of prices of commodities will be curtailed because of government interference,” infenkwe said.
He noted that the federal government could mitigate the food induced inflation by striving to ensure peace in many of the agrarian communities in the country.
“Ensuring peace in many of the farming settlements is imperative to attain food security. It will also bring down the food induced inflation, particularly now that the farmers are expected to commence harvesting in few months from now,” ifenkwe said.
Also, President, Progressive Shareholders Association of Nigeria (PSAN), Mr Boniface Okezie, said the challenges associated with climate change was one of the factors responsible for the rise of food prices.
Okezie said the federal government must endeavour to adopt recent innovations on ways to curb post-harvest losses.
“Post-harvest losses in many of our farming communities need to be addressed, to ensure food security in the country.
“The issues of losses are one of the major drawbacks and it is responsible for the delay in our quest to attain self-sufficiency, particularly in food produce,” he said.
It was reported that Nigeria’s inflation rate rose by 0.92 basis points to 20.52 per cent in August from 19.6 per cent recorded in July.
The increase represents the seventh consecutive monthly rise in headline inflation since February.
Food inflation also rose to 23.12 per cent in August, representing a 1.1 per cent age-point increase compared to 22.02 per cent recorded in the previous month.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) disclosed this in its Consumers Price Index (CPI) report for August.