- Bureau De Change Operators Tasks Nigerians On Patrotism
Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, President, Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), on Friday urged Nigerians to be patriotic in the face of the nation’s economic reality.
Gwadabe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that patriotism was required to sustain the gains recorded by the naira across all segments of the forex market.
According to him, the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN), Travelex, BDCs and some Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) have been making frantic efforts to ensure that the naira recovered fully.
The ABCON chief noted that the apex bank opted for the leveraging of the proceeds of Diaspora remittances to reduce the pressure on the nation’s external reserve.
He explained that after sustaining gains against the dollar for four weeks running, the “enemies of the naira worked day and night to ensure a distraction in the naira’s progressive trajectory.
“The present economic reality demands greater patriotism from every Nigerian in order to win the war against the enemies of the naira.
“We should put the interest of the nation at heart to ensure that the activities of speculators and currency hoarders were frustrated,’’ Gwadabe said.
The ABCON boss said that the weakening of the naira on Wednesday against the dollar was unfortunate, adding that stakeholders in the Forex market were working hard to ensure it did not continue.
Gwadabe said that to ensure equitable sale of forex in all the major cities of the country, Travelex and the First Bank of Nigeria PLC had been directed by the apex bank to commence the sale of forex in the north.
He said that getting centres for biometric registration was a challenge that would be resolved sooner than later.
He urged currency speculators and hoarders to key into the present administration’s change agenda in ensuring that the war against the naira was fought and won collectively.
NAN reports that since the CBN directed Travelex and FBN to sell the proceeds of Diaspora remittances to BDCs, the naira had been appreciating in all the segments of the forex market.
To ensure that BDCs outside Lagos benefited from the sale of forex, ABCON appealed to the CBN to extend the sale to Abuja, Kano and other parts of the country.
The apex bank heeded the call and the sale of forex to BDCs in Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt began on Tuesday, with each BDC getting 20,000 dollars from the sale by FBN.
Biometric registration of BDCs in the areas was expected to be ongoing to enable Travelex commence the sale of forex in the north.
Naira Plunges to Record Low of N422/US$1 at Official Market
The Nigerian Naira extended its decline to N422 to a United States Dollar at the official forex market, the investors and exporters forex window managed by the FMDQ Group.
Naira opened the day at N413.50 to a US Dollar before plunging to as low as N436 at the spot forex market and N446 at the forward market. The local currency eventually closed the day at N422.07 per US Dollar.
Investors at the window traded $141.94 million during the trading hours of Thursday.
The decline was after Vice President Osinbajo asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to rethink its current forex policy and allow the Naira to reflect market conditions. This, the Vice President said will help close the current gap that exists between the official rate and black market rate.
Media outlets had interpreted the Vice President position as a call for further devaluation of the Nigerian Naira. However, in a statement signed by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Akande explained that Osinbajo is simply calling for a single forex rate to dislodge the activities of speculators and hoarders at the various unregulated black market.
He added that the 40 percent or N160 arbitrage difference between the official rate of N410 and N570 offered at the black market will continue to encourage corruption in the forex market.
“For context, the Vice President’s point was that currently the Naira exchange rate benefits only those who are able to obtain the dollar at N410, some of who simply turn round and sell to the parallel market at N570. It is stopping this huge arbitrage of over N160 per dollar that the Vice President was talking about. Such a massive difference discourages doing proper business, when selling the dollar can bring in 40% profit!
“This was why the Vice President called for measures that would increase the supply of foreign exchange in the market rather than simply managing demand, which opens up irresistible opportunities for arbitrage and corruption.”
At the black market, traders exchanged Naira at N565 to a United States Dollar on Thursday.
Osinbajo Explains Why Forex Policy Should Discourage Arbitrage and Corruption
Following Vice President Yemi Osinbajo suggestions that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) should rethink its present forex policy that encourages arbitrage and corruption and allow the Nigerian Naira to reflect market realities that were misconstrued as devaluation by the media, the Vice President has now come out to clear the air that he is not calling for a devaluation of the embattled Naira but to close the arbitrage gap of 40 percent gain that existed between CBN rate of N410/US$1 and the black market rate of N570.
In a statement released by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Office of the Vice President, the Vice President position was that the current Naira exchange rate benefits only those who are able to access the US Dollar at N410, “some of who simply turn round and sell to the parallel market at N570. It is stopping this huge arbitrage of over N160 per dollar that the Vice President was talking about. Such a massive difference discourages doing proper business, when selling the dollar can bring in 40% profit!,” the statement reads.
It continues “This was why the Vice President called for measures that would increase the supply of foreign exchange in the market rather than simply managing demand, which opens up irresistible opportunities for arbitrage and corruption.
“It is a well known fact that foreign investors and exporters have been complaining that they could not bring foreign exchange in at N410 and then have to purchase foreign exchange in the parallel market at N570 to meet their various needs on account of unavailability of foreign exchange. Only a more market reflective exchange rate would ameliorate this. With an increase in the supply of dollars the rates will drop and the value of the Naira will improve.
“The real issue confronting the economy on this matter is how to improve the supply of foreign exchange, but this will not happen if we do not allow mechanisms like the Importers and Exporters window to work. If we allow this market mechanism to work as intended, we will find that the Naira will appreciate against the dollar as we restore confidence in the system.”
Dollar Rate to Naira Today at Official Forex Window
The Dollar rate to Naira closed 0.10 percent lower on Wednesday at the official forex window despite supply rising by over 100 percent.
Naira dipped at the official forex exchange window to N414.73 against the United States Dollar on Wednesday, down from N414.30 it closed on Tuesday.
The Dollar rate to Naira opened the day at N414.33 before dropping to as low as N415.20 during the trading hours of Wednesday. Investors traded $266.32 million on Wednesday, against $122.15 million exchanged on Tuesday.
At the unregulated forex section, the black market, the Naira was exchanged at N565.00 and N568.00 to a US$ on Wednesday in Abuja.
In Uyo, forex dealers said the Naira exchanged at N580 to a U.S dollar N580.00 due to increase in demand they experienced on Wednesday.
“We bought at N570.00 and sold at N572.00 per $1 on Tuesday, but today, we sold at N578.00 and even N580.00 at some point because the demand was much and people were selling as they see deemed fit, ” the anonymous dealer stated.
However, the Central Bank of Nigeria’s exchange rates remained largely unchanged as shown below.
Central Bank of Nigeria’s Exchange Rates
|10/6/2021||SOUTH AFRICAN RAND||27.0668||27.0998||27.1328|
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