Naira Slides Amidst CBN’s Assurance Of Increasing Forex Supply

The naira slide to N575 despite assurances by the Central Bank of Nigeria that there is sufficient foreign exchange to meet the legitimate needs of Nigerians.

The naira had maintained a downward trend, falling to 570/$ on Friday from N490/$ before the CBN stopped forex sale to the Bureau De Change operators in July.

As part of efforts to solve naira crisis, the CBN on Friday vowed to clampdown on Abokifx, an online forex publication.

This led AbokiFX to suspend publication of its forex rates of naira to other currencies.

Despite the suspension, the naira fell to N580 on Monday, and traded around 575 to the dollar as of Thursday at the parallel market.

At the Investor & Exporter forex window on Thursday, the naira hit a high of N415.20 to close at N413.63.

CBN spokesman, Mr Osita Nwanisobi, had said the apex bank remained committed to meeting the foreign exchange request of travellers with legitimate needs as they related to travel allowances, payment of tuition and medical fees among other invisibles.

After the last Monetary Policy Committee meeting in Abuja on Friday, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, had defended its move of cutting forex allocation to the BDCs.

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