Monday, 29 August 2016

Naira continues its windfall at N414 to a dollar


Nigeria has been experiencing a fall in the dollar in recent  times.
According to Punch, the fall has reached a new low ith 414 against the US dollars on Sunday. There has been continuous scarcity of foreign exchange in the country. And experts have predicted it will continue to soar this week.

 The central Bank of Nigeria has banned nine commercial banks from the forex market for failing to remit the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation's $2.334bn into the treasury single account in line with President Buhari's directive last September.


  The naira fell to a new low of 414 against the United States dollar on Sunday amid the continued scarcity of foreign exchange in the country, with economic experts predicting further pressure in the forex market this week.

The development came five days after the Central Bank of Nigeria had banned nine commercial banks from the forex market for failing to remit the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s $2.334bn into the Treasury Single Account in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive last September.

The naira was sold for 414/dollar across some black market segments in Lagos and Abuja on Sunday. It hit an all-time low of 412 against the greenback at the parallel market on Friday, after closing at 409/dollar on Thursday.

On Wednesday, a day after the CBN banned the nine banks from the forex market, the local currency depreciated to 402/dollar, down from the 397 it closed against the greenback on Tuesday.

Forex dealers said the demand pressure on the dollar, mounted by summer travellers and parents paying schools fees of their children studying overseas, was exacerbated by the CBN’s forex ban on the nine lenders.

The currency dealers said the naira started falling after the CBN banned the lenders from forex transactions.


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