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Again, CBN Devalues Naira To N410.25/$1

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has  devalued the naira to  N410.25 to dollar.

The devaluation of the local currency was confirmed by the adoption of the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Rate (NAFEX), also known as the  Investor and Exporter (I&E) forex window rate of N410.25 as its official exchange rate to the dollar.

The apex bank had nearly two weeks ago, removed the N379 to dollar exchange rate, the previous official rate from its website.

The naira was yesterday exchanging at N487 to dollar at the parallel market.

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele said Nigeria, like other emerging market countries and countries reliant on oil exports, the decline in crude oil earnings as well as the retreat by foreign portfolio investors significantly affected the supply of foreign exchange to Nigeria.

Speaking at the 55th Annual Bankers’ Dinner in Lagos, the CBN boss said the need to adjust for the decrease in supply of foreign exchange led to the depreciation of the naira.

“With the decline in our foreign exchange earnings and successive exchange rate adjustments, the CBN has continued to implement a demand management framework, which is designed to bolster the production of items that can be produced in Nigeria, and aid conservation of our external reserves,” he said.

Emefiele explained that due to the unprecedented nature of the shock, the apex bank has continued to favour a gradual liberalisation of the foreign exchange market in order to smoothen exchange rate volatility and mitigate the impact which, rapid changes in the exchange rate could have on key macro-economic variables.

This, he said, was in line with international best practices in countries where managed float arrangements are in operation.

“At the same time, measures are being taken by the authorities to improve our non-oil exports and other sources of foreign exchange. These measures have helped to prevent a significant decline in our reserves,” he added.

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