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Naira Falls To N1,250/$ In Parallel Market

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The Naira, yesterday, depreciated in its value agasint the US dollar to N1,250 in the parallel market, from N1,140 per dollar on Thursday. Similarly, the Naira depreciated in the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market, NAFEM, to N1,234.49 per dollar. Data from FMDQ showed that the indicative exchange rate for NAFEM rose to N1,234.49 per dollar from N1,169.99 per dollar last week Friday, indicating N64.5 depreciation for the naira. Consequently, the margin between the parallel market and NAFEM rates narrowed to N15.51 per dollar from N29.99 per dollar last weekend.

However, the latest decline appears to coincide with the remarks of the apex bank Governor, Yemi Cardoso, who stated that the intent of the bank was not to defend the Naira, when asked about the sudden drop in external reserves.

Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves have maintained a one-month dip streak. The latest figures from the Central Bank of Nigeria show the external reserves reached a new low of $32.1bn on April 18, 2024. The reserves dropped by $2.35bn in 31 days, from $34.45bn on March 18, 2024.

Meanwhile, analysts say theyare optimistic that the naira will continue with its appreciation as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) continues its short-term remedies.