The Joint Senate Committee on Finance, Banking, Insurance and Financial institutions has started interactive session with the Economic Management Team including officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria led the Governor, Yemi Cardoso.
This comes amid pressing concerns about the state of the economy and the sharp decline of the naira in the foreign exchange market.
According to Channels, Senator Orji Kalu maintains that the government must go back to abolish the use of dollar in business transactions as he bemoans the dwindling FDI in the country.
He also demands to know the plans of the CBN in reconciling with the NLC and TUC to avert the planned strike, a move he says will severely accentuate hunger and hardship.
The lawmakers express fear over the proposed food importation to bridge food shortage and the tendency for it to destroy the country’s food security and discourage farmers from advancing production.
According to Senator Adamu Aliero, there is absolutely no reason to revert to importation, rather the FG should focus on irrigation among others, going back to the interventionist era to improve the impact on agriculture sector.