CBN injects $195m into forex market

Central Bank of Nigeria Headquaters, Abuja

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday intervened in the Inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market to the tune of $195 million.

The excercise was in continuation of its efforts to sustain foreign exchange (forex) liquidity.

Figures released by the apex bank showed that it offered a total sum of $100 million to the wholesale segment, while the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) segment received the sum of $50 million. The invisibles segment, comprising tuition fees, medical payments and Basic Travel Allowance (BTA), among others, received $45 million.

The CBN Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Isaac Okorafor, while confirming the figures, said the apex bank was pleased with the state of the forex market, adding that the Bank will continue to intervene in order to sustain the liquidity in the market and guarantee the international value of the naira.

Okorafor reiterated the apex bank’s determination to sustain the provision of foreign exchange with a view to ensuring liquidity in the market and enhance accessibility and affordability for genuine end users.

According to him, the bank remained determined to achieve its objective of rates convergence, hence the unrelenting injection of intervention funds into the foreign exchange market.

It will be recalled that the CBN last week intervened in the various segments of the Forex market with the sum of $698.5 million.

Meanwhile, the naira continued to maintain its stability in the forex market, exchanging at an average of N364/$1 in the BDC segment of the market.

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