- Nigerian currency continued its free fall against the US dollar in both the official and unofficial markets
- Latest data shows that the Naira has hit another low in the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market (NAFEM)
- “This poor performance persists despite improvements in forex supply over the last few days in the official market
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The Nigerian currency, the Naira, depreciated again in the foreign exchange market, continuing its weak performance.
This represents a N60.69 or 4.3% depreciation compared to the preceding day’s N1,418.78/$1.
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While against the Euro, it depreciated by N34.68 to sell at N1,556.62/€1, in contrast to Wednesday’s rate of N1,521.94/€1.
Naira to dollar at unofficial market
It was a similar scenario for the local currency in the peer-to-peer (P2P) FX and black markets segment.
Checks by Legit.ng show that the Naira in the P2P market fell by N7 to sell at N1,470/$1 compared to the midweek session’s rate of N1,463/$1.
Similarly, the Nigerian currency lost N15 against the greenback in the black market yesterday, settling at N1,500/$1 compared to the preceding day’s value of N1,485/$1.
CBN boost of increased supply
Despite the Naira struggling to find stable footing, Olayemi Cardoso, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has stated that the Nigerian foreign exchange market witnessed a boost of over $1 billion in liquidity within the past few days.
Cardoso made this known in a statement while presenting on the floor of the Senate in Abuja on Friday, February 9.
According to the CBN governor, there has been an upward shift in the FX market due to recent reforms initiated by the apex bank.
Cardoso assured the Senate that the recent reforms will bring positive results soon.
FG agrees on new official Naira to dollar exchange rate
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government has adopted a new official exchange rate set by the CBN and Nigeria Customs has implemented it.
The latest adjustment captured on the federal government’s single-window trade portal shows that importers will now pay N1,417.635 per dollar.
The new exchange rate represents a slight increase of 0.28% compared to the previous rate of N1413.62/$.