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Naira weakens as dollar liquidity decline

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Nigeria’s currency weakened against the dollar on Monday as foreign exchange (FX) market liquidity declined by 18.72 percent at the official market.

The FX market closed on Monday with the dollar being quoted at N778.80 as against N764.86 quoted on Friday at the Investors’ and Exporters’ (I&E) forex window, Nigeria’s official foreign exchange market.

According to the data obtained from the FMDQ, the daily foreign exchange market turnover, which reflects the level of liquidity or transaction in the market, declined by 18.72 to $43.09 billion on Monday from $53.02 billion recorded on Friday.

The local currency remained steady at N1,049 per dollar since Friday at the parallel market, also known as black market.

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As part of its responsibility to ensure price stability, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said it will boost liquidity in the Nigerian foreign exchange market by interventions from time to time.

“As market liquidity improves, these CBN interventions will gradually decrease”, the CBN said.

Nigeria’s Central Bank said it will continue to promote orderliness and professional conduct by all participants in the Nigerian foreign exchange market to ensure market forces determine exchange rates on a Willing Buyer – Willing Seller principle.

The CBN reiterates that the prevailing FX rates should be referenced from platforms such as the CBN website, FMDQ, and other recognised or appointed trading systems to promote price discovery, transparency, and credibility in the FX rates.