Charles Chukwuma Soludo
|Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria|
29 May 2004 - 29 May 2009
|Joseph Oladele Sanusi|
|Sanusi Lamido Sanusi|
|Born||28 July 1960 (age 59)|
Aguata LGA, Anambra State
Charles Chukwuma Soludo, CFR (born 28 July 1960a) is a Nigerian economics professor and a former Governor and chairman of the board of directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Chukwuma was named Governor on 29 May 2004. Charles is also a member of the British Department for International Development's International Advisory Group.
Prof Soludo has been visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund, the University of Cambridge, the Brookings Institution, the University of Warwick and the University of Oxford and a visiting professor at Swarthmore College (USA). Chukwuma has also worked as a consultant for a number of international organisations, including The World Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and the United Nations Development Programme.
Soludo is a core professional in the business of macroeconomics. Charles obtained his three degrees and then professorship at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka, Enugu State. Soludo graduated with a First Class Honors degree in 1984, an MSc Economics in 1987, and a PhD in 1989, winning prizes for the best student at all three levels.
Chukwuma has been trained and involved in research, teaching and auditing in such disciplines as the multi-country macro econometric modelling, techniques of computable general equilibrium modelling, survey methodology and panel data econometrics, among others. Soludo studied and taught these courses at many universities, including Oxford, Cambridge and Warwick. Charles has co-authored, co-edited and authored about ten books on this subject matter.
In 1998 Soludo was appointed to the position of professor of economics at the University of Nigeria; the next year he became a visiting professor at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, US.
Soludo joined the federal government in 2003. Prior to his May 2004 appointment to the bank chairmanship, he held the positions of Chief Economic Adviser to former President Obasanjo and Chief Executive of the National Planning Commission of Nigeria. In January 2008, in a speech to the Nigerian Economic Society, he predicted consolidation in the private banking industry, saying "By the end of 2008, there'll be fewer banks than there are today. The restructuring of the banking industry has been attracting funds from local and foreign investors, which have increased banks' ability to lend to customers". Chukwuma hopes to see Nigeria become Africa's financial hub, and considers microfinance important to the federal government's economic policies.
On 16 September 2019, the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, appointed him as a member of a newly formed 8-member Economic Advisory Council (EAC), that will be reporting directly to the President.
In September 2009, Soludo announced his aspiration for the seat of the Governor of Anambra State, in the south-eastern Nigeria state's election of 9 February 2010. On 9 October 2009, the People's Democratic Party (PDP) chose Professor Soludo as their consensus candidate for the position from a field of 47 candidates, after repeated attempts to hold elective primaries were stalled by court injunctions. However, his nomination was contested by 23 of the 47 aspirants, citing lack of transparency in the process.
After this initial rancour, 36 out of the 47 candidates, and several top shots[who?] of the PDP, affirmed their support for Soludo on Wednesday 14 October 2009. However, Soludo went on to lose the election to Peter Obi in an election which was largely considered free and fair according to major election observers. However, with the perceived solid performance of Soludo as the CBN Governor he remains a respected economic policy authority in Nigeria. Political commentators in urging an issue based election campaign in the 2011 election had called on aspirants to work with respected economists like Soludo towards an acceptable Economic Plan.
On 17 July 2013, Soludo resigned from the People's Democratic Party (PDP) after a letter to the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur. He later joined the All Progressives Grand Alliance in preparation for the November 2013 governorship race in Anambra state. In mid August 2013, he along with five other eminently qualified aspirants were disqualified by the APGA Screening Committee.[https://thenationonlineng.net/anambra-governorship-apga-disqualifies-soludo-five-others/ ]
Buhari vs Jonathan, Beyond the elections.