Naira Slumps: Dollar Hoarders Blamed as Currency Plummets Further

The Nigerian Naira continues its downward spiral, hitting a new low against the US Dollar in the foreign exchange market. This latest depreciation has sparked fresh concerns and finger-pointing, with the Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria pointing the finger at dollar hoarders.

Key Information Presented Clearly:

  • Data-driven: FMDQ data reveals the Naira dropping from N902.45 per Dollar on Friday to N925.34 on Monday, signifying a 2.54% depreciation.
  • Parallel market woes: The parallel market isn’t faring much better, with the exchange rate quoted at N1,360 per Dollar, reflecting a 0.74% decline.
  • Blame game: ABODC blames the fall on dollar hoarding, adding another layer of complexity to the issue.
  • MPC meeting on the horizon: Central Bank Governor Olayemi Cardoso’s first Monetary Policy Committee meeting since his return is scheduled for February 26-27, raising crucial questions about potential interventions to stabilize the currency.

Informative Context and Analysis:

  • Underlying factors: Briefly touch on the potential causes of the depreciation, such as oil price fluctuations, foreign investment inflows, and CBN policies.
  • Impact on the economy: Highlight the consequences of a weak Naira, including rising inflation, import costs, and potential business and consumer hardships.
  • Expert opinions: Include quotes from economists or financial analysts offering their perspectives on the situation and potential solutions.

Conclusion:

  • Call to action: Encourage readers to stay informed about the evolving situation and engage in constructive discussions about possible remedies.
  • Future outlook: Briefly discuss potential scenarios for the Naira’s trajectory based on upcoming events and economic forecast

 

 

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