After a two-day public holiday hiatus, the Nigerian Naira showcased signs of strength against the US Dollar, closing at N872.59/$1 at the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market (NAFEM), the official exchange rate window, on Wednesday. This marks a positive shift from the N885.88 per dollar recorded last Friday, according to data from FMDQ Securities Exchange.
Traders reported a marginal appreciation of the Naira at the parallel market, where it was quoted at N1,228 per dollar, compared with N1,233/$1 on Tuesday. The slight improvement is noteworthy as it indicates a positive sentiment towards the local currency among market participants.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has pledged to address forex scarcity, and CBN Governor Olayemi Cardoso recently announced plans to introduce new measures aimed at achieving exchange rate stability. Speaking at the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) annual dinner on November 24, Cardoso emphasized the need for clear and transparent rules in both domestic and foreign currency markets.
Cardoso stated, “In order to ensure the proper functioning of domestic and foreign currency markets, clear, transparent, and harmonized rules governing market operations are essential. New foreign exchange guidelines and legislation will be developed, and extensive consultations will be conducted with banks and FX market operators before implementing any new requirements.”
The Governor underscored the critical role of stabilizing the foreign exchange (FX) market in ensuring the overall economic stability of the country. The proposed measures aim to create a more robust regulatory framework, fostering a conducive environment for market operations and, in turn, contributing to the stability of the Naira against major international currencies.
Market analysts are closely monitoring developments, anticipating the details of the upcoming guidelines and their potential impact on the foreign exchange market. The focus remains on achieving a balanced and stable economic environment that will benefit both businesses and consumers in Nigeria.