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House of Rep Summons CBN Governor Over Naira Withdrawal Limits

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The House of Representatives has asked the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele to appear before the House Committee on Banking and Finance.

This is coming a few days after the central bank released a circular that limits naira withdrawal to N100,000 a week. 

Several Lawmakers expressed negative concern about the policy, stating that it has unbearable consequences on ordinary Nigerians as well as the overall economy.  

During plenary on Thursday, a motion of urgent public importance which was moved by Hon. Aliyu Magaji called the attention of the house to the new policy, pointing out that it poses a danger to the country’s economy particularly the rural areas where financial inclusion is still such a challenge.

A number of lawmakers who also joined the debate warned that the policy would have serious consequences and adverse effects on many businesses. 

However, the house minority leader, Hon Ndudi Elumelu spoke in support of the policy, noting that although the timing might be wrong, the policy will nonetheless check crime as funds would now be tracked through the banking system. 

Investors King could recall that the Central Bank of Nigeria in a memo disclosed that daily withdrawal on the counter is now capped at N100,000 while ATM will henceforth dispense N200 notes.

As expected, the new policy has been generating mixed feelings as some groups and associations including the Association of Mobile Money Operators of Nigeria lamented that the policy will cripple their business. 

They added that Nigeria is not yet ripe for such a policy as millions of Nigerians who have no bank account still transact with cash. 

Similarly, a cross-section of experts has argued that though the policy is a right move in the right direction as it aligns with the CBN’s agenda on cashless policy, they nonetheless positioned that Nigeria lacks the necessary telecommunication infrastructure to operate and stimulate the new policy. 

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Dollar to Naira Black Market Today, February 23rd, 2024

As of February 23rd, 2024, the exchange rate for the US dollar to the Nigerian Naira stands at 1 USD to 1,610 NGN in the black market, also referred to as the parallel market or Aboki fx.

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As of February 23rd, 2024, the exchange rate for the US dollar to the Nigerian Naira stands at 1 USD to 1,610 NGN in the black market, also referred to as the parallel market or Aboki fx.

For those engaging in currency transactions in the Lagos Parallel Market (Black Market), buyers purchase a dollar for N1,650 and sell it at N1,640 on Thursday, February 22nd, 2024 based on information from Bureau De Change (BDC).

Meaning, the Naira exchange rate improved when compared to today’s rate below.

This black market rate signifies the value at which individuals can trade their dollars for Naira outside the official or regulated exchange channels.

Investors and participants closely monitor these parallel market rates for a more immediate reflection of currency dynamics.

How Much is Dollar to Naira Today in the Black Market?

Kindly be aware that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not acknowledge the existence of the parallel market, commonly referred to as the black market.

The CBN has advised individuals seeking to participate in Forex transactions to utilize official banking channels.

Black Market Dollar to Naira Exchange Rate

  • Buying Rate: N1,610
  • Selling Rate: N1,600

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Naira Appreciates Slightly to N1,542.58/$ at NAFEM

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The Naira appreciated marginally against the United States dollar, closing at N1,542.58/$ at the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market (NAFEM) on Wednesday.

This modest gain represents a 2.9 percent appreciation from the previous day’s rate of N1,598.54, highlighting a nuanced fluctuation in the currency’s value.

According to data sourced from the FMDQ Securities Exchange, a platform overseeing FX trading in Nigeria, the Naira’s journey throughout the trading day was marked by an intra-day high of N1,755 and a low of N1,050.

Moreover, the total foreign exchange turnover surged to $172.14 million, indicating a 47 percent increase from the previous day.

Despite the Naira’s marginal gain at NAFEM, concerns persist regarding the widening gap between the official and parallel market rates.

The Naira’s depreciation to N1,900 against the dollar in the parallel market before it moderated to N1,687 later in the day.

Analysts and Bureau De Change operators foresee further pressure on the Naira, with predictions of a potential all-time low of 2,000/dollar at the parallel market in the coming weeks.

The demand for the greenback continues to fuel volatility, prompting regulatory actions from entities like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to curb speculative activities.

As stakeholders monitor the currency’s trajectory, the CBN’s efforts to address forex liquidity challenges and stabilize the Naira remain under scrutiny amidst evolving market dynamics.

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CBN Report: Currency Outside Banks Drops to N3.28 Trillion in January 2024

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A recent report released by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has indicated a notable decline in the amount of currency held outside banks, dropping to N3.28 trillion in January 2024.

This figure represents 89% of the total currency in circulation (CIC), signifying a shift in money circulation patterns.

Compared to December 2023, where currency outside banks stood at 94% of the total CIC, the recent decline suggests a reconfiguration in monetary dynamics.

The report further unveils a significant year-on-year surge, with currency outside banks skyrocketing by 314%, rising from N79 billion in January 2023 to N3.28 trillion in January 2024.

Currency trends in 2023 displayed fluctuating patterns, with notable peaks and dips throughout the year. However, December 2023 marked the zenith, recording the highest percentage of money held outside banks to CIC at 94%.

The CBN report sheds light on evolving financial landscapes, reflecting changing consumer behaviors, economic policies, and market dynamics.

Analysts anticipate that the data will inform future monetary policies and regulatory measures to ensure financial stability and liquidity in Nigeria’s economy amidst shifting trends and emerging challenges.

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