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CBN clears valid FX backlog as external reserves rise to $34.11bn

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it has cleared all valid foreign exchange backlogs.

This was disclosed by the Bank’s Acting Director, Corporate Communications, Mrs. Hakama Sidi Ali, in Abuja, on Wednesday night.

She said it was in, “fulfilling a key pledge of the CBN Governor, Mr. Olayemi Cardoso, to process an inherited backlog of US$7 billion in claims.”

Mrs. Sidi Ali noted that the CBN recently concluded the payment of $1.5 billion to settle obligations to bank customers, effectively settling the residual balance of the FX backlog.

She also disclosed that independent auditors from Deloitte Consulting meticulously assessed these transactions, ensuring that only legitimate claims were honoured.

“Any invalid transactions were promptly referred to the relevant authorities for further scrutiny,” The CBN spokesperson added.

At a recent meeting, Governor Cardoso declared: “We made clearing the FX backlog a priority to restore credibility and confidence in the Nigerian economy.

“It was important that we go through an independent and credible process that would determine the authenticity of those obligations, and, at this point, I can tell you that we have now cleared all genuine, verifiable transactions. This encumbrance to market confidence in the country’s ability to meet its obligations is now totally behind us.”

Clearance of the foreign exchange transactions backlog is part of the overall strategy detailed in last month’s Monetary Policy Committee meeting to stabilise the exchange rate and thereby curb imported inflation, spurring confidence in the banking system and the economy.

Cardoso used the MPC meeting and a subsequent conference call with foreign portfolio investors to set expectations for sustained increases in Nigeria’s foreign currency reserves and improved liquidity in the foreign exchange market

The CBN followed this by reporting a significant increase in external reserves, rising by $993 million to $34.11 billion as of March 7, 2024, the highest level in eight months.

The month-on-month increase was driven by a marked advance in remittance payments by Nigerians overseas, as well as higher purchases of local assets, including government debt securities, by foreign investors.

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SEE Black Market Dollar To Naira Exchange Rate Today 17 April 2024

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Black Market Dollar To Naira Exchange Rate Today 17 April 2024 Can Be Accessed 👇

The official naira black market exchange rate in Nigeria today including the Black Market rates, Bureau De Change (BDC), and CBN rates. Please note that the exchange rate is subject to hourly fluctuations influenced by the supply and demand of dollars in the market.

As of now, you can purchase 1 dollar at a certain rate now, however, it’s important to keep in mind that the rate can shift (either upwards or downwards) within hours.

 

What is the dollar-to-naira black market exchange rate?

The local currency (abokiFx) opened at ₦1,115.00 per $1 at the parallel market otherwise known as the black market, today, Wednesday, 17 April 2024, in Lagos Nigeria, after it closed at ₦1,110.00 per $1 on Tuesday, 16 April 2024.

Dollar to Naira (USD to NGN) Black Market Exchange Rate Today
Buying Rate ₦1,050
Selling Rate ₦1,100
How does the black market dollar-to-naira exchange rate compare to the official rate?

The official exchange rate of the US dollar to the Nigerian naira, as of today, 17 April 2024, is ₦ 1,161 per US dollar.
This is the rate that the CBN uses for its transactions and interventions in the foreign exchange market. The official rate is also the basis for the exchange rates of other foreign currencies, such as the euro, the pound sterling, and the Chinese yuan.

The difference between the black market rate and the official rate is called the parallel market premium. The parallel market premium indicates the degree of divergence between the official and unofficial markets, and reflects the level of confidence in the naira and the CBN’s policies.

Disclaimer:We do not set or determine forex rates. The official NAFEX rates are obtained from the website of the FMDQOTC. Parallel market rates (black market rates) are obtained from various sources including online media outlets. The rates you buy or sell forex may be different from what is captured in this article.

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Nigeria’s Dollar Reserves Crash Dramatically as Naira Rebounds

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Nigeria is facing a significant depletion of its foreign-exchange reserves, marking a concerning trend not observed in four years. This development has sparked apprehension amid suspicions that the central bank may be exhausting its dollar holdings to bolster the naira, following its commitment to allowing the currency to float more freely.

According to calculations by Bloomberg, liquid reserves have plummeted by 5.6% since March 18, coinciding with the commencement of the naira’s rebound from its record-low levels against the dollar.

As of April 12, Nigeria’s foreign reserves stand at $31.7 billion, reflecting the most substantial decline within a similar timeframe since April 2020, based on data compiled by Bloomberg.

The decline in reserves comes as the Central Bank of Nigeria grapples with stabilizing the naira amidst economic turbulence and fluctuating global currency markets.

The commitment to a more flexible exchange rate regime was initially lauded as a step towards market-driven currency valuation. However, the rapid depletion of reserves has raised concerns about the sustainability of this approach.

Observers point to the delicate balance between supporting the naira’s value to maintain stability in the economy and ensuring an adequate level of reserves to safeguard against external shocks.

The current trajectory raises questions about the central bank’s strategy and its long-term implications for Nigeria’s economic resilience.

Stakeholders are closely monitoring developments in the foreign-exchange market and urging prudent management of reserves to mitigate risks and maintain confidence in the economy.

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SEE Naira Rates Against The USD, GBP, EURO Today April 16, 2024

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We are primarily focusing on the Black Market Dollar To Naira Exchange Rate Today, the USD to Naira currency pair are the most traded currency in the FX market.

 

Black Market Exchange Rates

Buying Rate

Selling Rate

Dollar to Naira 1114 1080
Pounds to Naira 1400 1320
Euro to Naira 1214 1140
Canadian Dollar to Naira 1360 1320
Rand to Naira 52 43
Dirham to Naira ‎0 0
Yuan to Naira 62 62
G.Cedi to Nair 119.19 119.19
CFA F. (XOF) To Naira 0.83 0.81
CFA F. (XAF) To Naira 0.74 0.74

Having full knowledge how much USD to NGN black market exchange rate today will give you a better opportunity to plan and make informed decisions.

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