The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Friday that the Nigerian
economy was still vulnerable despite the country exiting recession.
The IMF in a statement issued by its Media and
Press Officer, Raphael Ranspach, welcomed the Federal Government’s
actions to improve the power sector and business environment under the
Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (EGRP).
The Fund said the
macroeconomic and structural reforms remained urgent to contain
vulnerability and support sustainable private sector led growth.
IMF said its staff team led by the Senior Resident Representative and
Mission Chief for Nigeria, Amine Mati, visited the country from December
6 to 20 to conduct the 2018 Article IV consultation, which led to this
The statement said: “Overall growth is slowly picking up
but recovery remains challenging. Economic activity expanded by 1.4 per
cent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2017 – the second consecutive
quarter of positive growth after five quarters of recession — driven by
recovering oil production and agriculture.
“However, growth in
the non-oil-non-agricultural sector (representing about 65 per cent of
the economy) contracted in the first three quarters of 2017 relative to
the same period last year.
“Difficulties in accessing financing and high inflation continued to weigh on companies’ performance and consumer demand.
inflation declined to 15.9 per cent by end-November, from 18.5 per cent
at end of 2016, but remains sticky despite tight liquidity conditions.
fiscal deficits – driven by weak revenue mobilisation – generated large
financing needs, which, when combined with tight monetary policy
necessary to reduce inflationary pressures, increased pressure on bond
yields and crowded out private sector credit.”