The Nigerian Naira has been on a rollercoaster ride in recent times, with its value fluctuating against the US dollar. On Tuesday, the Naira appreciated marginally against the dollar, exchanging at N742.10 at the official window. This marked a 4.06% gain compared to its previous rate of N773.50 against the dollar on Monday. The open indicative rate closed at N761.24 to the dollar on Tuesday, with the highest rate recorded being N807.15 to the dollar during the day’s trading. Interestingly, the Naira also sold for as low as N738 to the dollar within the same trading day.
However, the parallel market, often referred to as the black market, painted a different picture. Here, the Naira exchanged at a rate of N924/$1. This rate is slightly higher than the previous day’s average of N917.5/$1, indicating an increase of N4.31 kobo in the price of the dollar. The black market rate is often viewed as a more realistic measure of the Naira’s value due to its unrestricted nature.
The official market witnessed a transaction of $42.26 million at the investors and exporters window on Tuesday. This figure is a slight increase from the previous session’s $37.86 million, marking an 11.62% rise based on data from the FMDQ Exchange.
In addition to the US dollar, the Naira’s performance against other major currencies was also noteworthy. For instance, the Naira to pound rate in the black market dropped to an average of N1162.5/£1, while the European currency, the euro, appreciated by N6.7 kobo. The value of the Naira dropped by 0.67%, with both currencies exchanging at N1002.9/€1.
Amidst these currency fluctuations, the Acting Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Folashodun Adebisi Shonubi, recently expressed the bank’s commitment to addressing the country’s forex challenges. As the nation grapples with these forex issues, the Central Bank’s interventions and strategies will be crucial in stabilizing the Naira and ensuring economic growth.