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Naira in another record fall at official market - PREMIUM TIMES

OCTOBER 15, 2021

The currency exchanged hands with the greenback at N422.07 per $1.

By Abdulkareem Mojeed

Naira weakened further against the U.S. dollar at the official market on Thursday, after reaching a record low on Wednesday, following Vice president Yemi Osinbajo’s criticism of the central bank’s forex policy.

While speaking at the Mid-Term Ministerial Performance Review Retreat on Monday, Mr Osinbajo urged the Central Bank of Nigeria to have a “rethink” of its foreign exchange management policy.

He said naira was artificially strong and that its exchange rate should reflect its actual market value to encourage foreign investment. Many have also hailed his call.

“As for the exchange rate, I think we need to move our rates to [be] as reflective of the market as possible. This, in my own respective view, is the only way to improve supply,” the vice president said.

All-time low

Data published on FMDQ securities exchange window where forex is officially traded showed the currency exchanged hands with the greenback at N422.07 per $1 on Thursday, the lowest rate ever recorded at the official window.

This indicates a N6.97 or 2.00 per cent devaluation from N415.30 to a dollar rate it exchanged in the previous session on Wednesday.

Naira performance on Thursday became effective as forex turnover remained unchanged from $306.77 million recorded in the previous session on Wednesday.

It experienced an intraday high of N405.00 and a low of N419.00 before closing at N422.07 per $1 at the close of business on Thursday.

At the black market in Abuja, dealers exchanged naira at N570.00 to a dollar on Thursday, while in Uyo, dealers said they exchanged the currency at N 565.00, and sold at N568.00 to a dollar on Thursday.


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