Nigeria’s annual inflation rate rose for the seventh consecutive months to 12.26 per cent in March, the highest in 23 months from 12.2 per cent in February.
The Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS) disclosed this today in its Consumer Price Index Report for March 2020. The inflation rate has been on the rising trend, from 11 per cent in September last year, largely driven by the effect of the border closure. The VANGUARD reports.
The NBS stated: “The consumer price index, (CPI) which measures inflation increased by 12.26 per cent (year-on-year) in March 2020. This is 0.06 per cent points higher than the rate recorded in February 2020 (12.20) per cent.
“The lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States and various major disruptions in normal economic activity in several States since then, started in April 2020 and accordingly would not have any major impact on March 2020 Inflation which this report focusses on.
“The corresponding twelve-month year-on-year average percentage change for the urban index was 12.15 per cent in March 2020 (this is higher than 12.03 per cent reported in February 2020), while the corresponding rural inflation rate in March 2020 was 11.14 per cent compared to 11.09 per cent recorded in February 2020.”