Naira trades at N490 to dollar

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In spite of speculations that the Naira would depreciate to N500 to a dollar by the end of 2016, the Naira on Tuesday traded at N490 to a dollar at the parallel market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The Pound Sterling and the Euro as well closed at N585 and N505 respectively.

The dollar, at the Bureau De Change (BDC) window, exchanged at N399, CBN controlled rate, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro traded at N598 and N510, respectively.

Trading at the interbank market saw the dollar closed at N305.

Traders at the market said that Forex scarcity was still having its toll on the market.

NAN reports that in spite of the one billion dollars backlog of Forex cleared by the CBN, the Naira has remained within N490 to a dollar.

Meanwhile, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, President, Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) said that the figure was a far cry from the monthly Forex demand in the country.

“The $1b inflow is far less than what the economy consumes. The entire FX market is over 20 billion dollars monthly.

“The cleared backlog of the CBN are funds that came through the FMDQ OTC foreign investment that came into the economy over time and the CBN has no option than to redeem it, to close the increasing gap of investors’ confidence,’’ Gwadabe said.

Posed by Juliet Ekwebelam

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