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Naira Rises as Nigeria Records 16th FX Receipts in 25-Day

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Naira Rises as Nigeria Records 16th FX Receipts in 25-Day

The naira popped up following a series of downturns in the foreign currency market following a sustained increase in gross external reserves. The naira reclaimed value against the US dollar to settle below N1460, according to data from the FMDQ Securities Exchange.

The local currency had crossed to N1520 because of the FX liquidity challenge that reversed previous gains. Demand for the US dollar remains high due to the import dependence of the Nigerian economy. This calls into question the willing seller, willing buyer foreign exchange model of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

FX analysts have continued to emphasise foreign currency liquidity as the major driver of naira gain in the currency markets. The apex bank has been struggling to keep FX spot rate movement in check. The monetary policy authority now faces challenging tasks in managing supply and demand on both ends of the spectrum.

According to an update on the Nigerian currency, the Naira appreciated against the US dollar, marking a notable 4.04% increase to close at ₦1,459.02 in the official market. The local currency remained heavily priced in the informal market due to delays in FX auction sales to currency traders in the parallel market. The naira closed at ₦1,515 against the US dollar, according to a channel check.

At the close of business on Tuesday, foreign currency inflows lifted the balance in the gross external reserves to $32.555 billion, recording the 16th FX inflow.  Gross external reserves declined to $32.106 billion on April 19.

Since then, there have been sixteen inflows on record. Analysts think the inflows are remittances from Nigerians in diaspora and perhaps an excess of crude oil swap receipts from NNPC deals. The nation’s foreign reserves continue to climb since the CBN halted its FX sales to Bureaux de Change operators (BDCs).

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