The Central Bank of Nigeria () on Monday intervened in the inter-bank foreign exchange (forex) market to the tune of $413.5 million. According to the CBN, the fresh dollar injection further underscored its resolve to guarantee liquidity in the market as well as shore up the international value of the naira.
ThisDay reports that the CBN offered the sum of $100 million to dealers in the wholesale window, while the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) window was allocated a total of $28 million.
The invisibles segment was allocated the sum of $25.5 million to meet the needs of those requiring forex for Business/Personal Travel Allowances, school tuition, medicals, etc. The Bank also released the figures for the auction sales in the retail window last week, totalling $260million.
The CBN spokesperson, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, said the Bank was optimistic that the naira will continue its strong run against the dollar and other major currencies around the world, considering that transparency in the market has ensured greater stability.
On the Bank’s objective to achieve convergence between the forex rates at both the inter-bank and BDC segments, Okorafor said the CBN was confident of achieving the goal soon, particularly if all stakeholders played by the rules.
He therefore charged all dealers, principally licensed Bureaux de Change (BDCs), to abide by the rule, for the sake of the economy.
Meanwhile, the naira continued to maintain its stability in the forex market, exchanging at an average of N362/$1 on the parallel market on Monday.