Naira appreciates by 12.36% in one week

Lagos, March 26, 2017 (TNE) The Naira recorded an appreciation of 12.36 per cent at the parallel market in the last one week, trading at N440 on Monday but closing at N390 to the dollar on Friday.

In the week under review, experts commended the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for its intervention at the foreign exchange market, but appealed to the apex bank to eliminate the multiple rates in the market.

As the Naira continues to appreciate, experts say it is necessary for the CBN to adjust applicable rates in different segments of the market in the overall interest of the economy.

Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, President, Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), said CBN-licensed BDCs incurred regulatory losses of N130 million in the week under review.

Gwadabe said that the losses came from the CBN’s disparity in applicable exchange rates among players in the market.

According to him, the public has refused to buy foreign exchange from BDCs for invisibles such as medicals, school fees, and personal and business travel allowances at a rate above N375 to the dollar.

The apex bank had injected more than 1.5 billion dollars to the interbank market since it started its intervention in February.

Stakeholders hope that the sustenance of the CBN’s efforts at the interbank market will further drive down the value of the dollar. (TNE)

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