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‘100 Days Enough to Deposit Old Currency,’ CBN Insists on Jan. 31 Deadline

CBN has insisted on the earlier announced January 31, 2023 deadline

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As pressures and appeals rise for an extension of the deadline for deposit of old naira notes, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN has insisted on the earlier announced January 31, 2023 deadline.

Investors King recalls that last year the CBN declared that new N200, N500, N1000 notes will be made available in banks on Dec 15, 2022 and the old currencies will cease to become legal tender by Jan. 31, 2023.

Reactions have trailed the redesigned naira notes and the stipulated deadline due to the slow circulation of the new currencies.

The Senate of the National Assembly, on Tuesday said the CBN should extend the deadline for old notes deposit by six months and compel banks to open naira exchange windows for those who do not have bank accounts.

Reacting to the increasing pressures, CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele said there is no going back on the deadline given.

Emefiele declared this on Tuesday during a meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee in Abuja.

According to him, 90–100 days is enough to deposit the old naira notes in the bank, adding that the CBN compelled banks to remain open including on Saturdays in order to accept more cash deposits.

He noted that the apex bank is yet to identify any cogent reason why the deadline should be moved as agitated by some section of the people.

“Unfortunately, I don’t have good news for those who say we should shift the deadline. The reason is because 90 days, in fact, 100 days, is enough for anybody who has the old currency to deposit it in the bank.

“We took every measure to ensure all the banks remain open to receive the old currency, including opening on Saturdays. We do not see any reason to begin to talk about a shift. We believe 100 days is more than adequate,” Emefiele said.

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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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Dollar to Naira Black Market Today, February 21st, 2024

As of February 21st, 2024, the exchange rate for the US dollar to the Nigerian Naira stands at 1 USD to 1,820 NGN in the black market, also referred to as the parallel market or Aboki fx.

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As of February 21st, 2024, the exchange rate for the US dollar to the Nigerian Naira stands at 1 USD to 1,820 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 N1,710 and sell it at N1,700 on Tuesday, February 20th, 2024 based on information from Bureau De Change (BDC).

Meaning, the Naira exchange rate declined 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: N1,820
  • Selling Rate: N1,810

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