Naira Falls to N1,600/$1 at Parallel Market Despite CBN’s Efforts

February 15, 2024
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By Dipo Olowookere

Despite the efforts of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to bring stability into the foreign exchange (FX) market to strengthen the Naira, its value has continued to crumble in the parallel market.

Business Post reports that the Nigerian Naira was exchanged for a Dollar in the black market segment of the currency market at midday of Thursday, February 15, 2024, at N1,600/$1.

When compared with the preceding day’s exchange rate of N1,564/$1, it showed that the domestic currency weakened against the greenback in less than 24 hours by N36.

In the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market (NAFEM) window, which is the official market, the Nigerian currency depreciated against its United States counterpart by N4.31 or 0.3 per cent on Wednesday to trade at N1,503.38/$1 versus the previous day’s value of N1,499.07/$1.

The domestic currency has not known peace in the forex market segments since the apex bank unified the exchange rate in June 2023 after calls from various quarters, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

The FX volatility in Nigeria has continued to deplete the value of the Naira, forcing several businesses to reorganise their models or in some cases pack up like in the case of Unilever Nigeria, GSK, and others.

Also, the Naira instability in the currency market has triggered a significant rise in the prices of goods and services in Nigeria, with inflation refusing to come down from the rooftop.

A moment ago, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said inflation for January 2024 rose by 29.90 per cent versus 28.92 per cent in December 2023, with the lingering food crisis responsible for this.

This newspaper gathered that forex traders on the streets are having a difficult time at the moment because of Dollar scarcity, causing the Naira to further weaken.

The central bank, as part of efforts to calm the situation, reportedly sold about $90 million to backs a few days ago, the first time it was doing this in more than four months.

It had recently cleared part of the FX backlogs to foreign airlines, business organisations and others in a bid to stabilise the currency market.

Dipo Olowookere

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

Mr Olowookere can be reached via [email protected]

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