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Naira Appreciates Against Dollar At Parallel Market As CBN Injects $81.2m For BTA, PTA, Tuition fees


The Naira on Monday appreciated against the dollar at the parallel market. The Nigerian currency gained three points to exchange at N388 to the dollar, stronger than N391 it traded on Friday, while the pound sterling and the Euro closed at N495 and N425.

At the Bureau De Change (BDC) window, the Naira was sold at N362 to the dollar, while the pound sterling and the Euro closed at N495 and N423.

Trading at the interbank market showed that the Naira closed at N305.7, while the pound sterling and the Euro closed at N453.18 and N386.28. Currency traders said the liquidity boost at the FOREX market had forced the naira to appreciate.

Following last Friday’s injection of $389 million into the retail segment of the forex market, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Monday, May 8, 2017, intervened with the sum of $81.2 million in the invisibles and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) segments.

A breakdown of the interventions indicates that the Bank provided the sum of $44 million to meet customers’ requests for invisibles such as Basic Travel Allowances (BTA), Personal Travel Allowances (PTA), medical bills and tuition fees, among others.

The Acting Director, Corporate Communications at the CBN, Isaac Okorafor, confirmed the intervention, adding that the SMEs segment also received a boost of $37.2 million.

According to him, “the Bank remains committed to ensuring that there is enough supply of forex to genuine customers to achieve the goal of forex rates convergence.”

While expressing satisfaction with the current stability in the forex market, Okorafor reiterated his confidence in the ability of the CBN to sustain its interventions in the market.

It will be recalled that the CBN on Friday, May 5, 2017, sold a total sum of $389 million to authorized dealers in the retail sector of the market as spot and forwards. Of the sum, $87.885 was for spot sales, while $300.8 million was sold as forwards in three tenors of 30, 45 and 60 days, respectively.


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