The Naira experienced a significant upswing of N100, reaching a closing rate of N840/$ at the parallel market in Lagos yesterday. However, in the Abuja markets, it concluded at a lower rate of N850/$, indicating a 9.57% surge compared to the rate observed on Tuesday. CONTINUE READING>>>>>
Meanwhile, at the Investor and Exporter (I&E) window, which is the official market, the Naira concluded at N759 to the dollar, generating an approximately N81 premium when compared to the parallel market. The I&E window recorded a turnover of $61 million.
According to Bureau De Change operators located in Wuse Zone 4, Abuja, the Naira began the day at N940/$ and progressively appreciated to its current rate. A trader named Ibrahim Bakori attributed this unforeseen appreciation to a meeting between President Bola Tinubu and Acting CBN Governor Folashodun Shonubi CONTINUE READING>>>>>
Another Forex dealer, Nura, expressed surprise at the notable decline of the dollar in the parallel market. Similar to Bakori, Nura believed that the mentioned meeting between President Tinubu and Shonubi suggested an impending significant development in the Forex market.
In response to reports that the CBN might inject more dollars into the market to curb the Naira’s depreciation, financial expert Dr. Victor Adoji advised caution, highlighting the existing demand for the dollar outside the Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) as a factor that needs to be considered before any further releases
Garuba Sarki, a Bureaux De Change (BDC) trader based in central Lagos, noted that many speculative dealers are apprehensive about purchasing dollars currently due to concerns about potential losses. He anticipated the Naira to continue its rebound until a convergence between the official and parallel market rates is achieved
Dr. Aminu Gwadabe, the President of the Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), suggested that the government should enhance financial intelligence to track individuals with proceeds of corruption, as they often exert pressure on the forex market through manipulative actions.
Richard Obire, former Executive Director of Keystone Bank Limited, emphasized Nigeria’s heavy dependence on imported goods and services and the capital outflows driven by corruption as hindrances to Naira stability. He proposed measures such as addressing insecurity affecting food production, suspending government consumption expenditures that require hard currencies, and prioritizing refinery turnaround maintenance to reduce forex needs.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had previously unified the exchange rate in June and abolished multiple exchange rates, causing a 40% drop in the Naira rate at the official market. The challenge of dollar supply has impeded the convergence of official and parallel market rates.