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Naira Appreciates To N498/Dollar As Reserves Hit $28.3bn

Despite the value of the Naira depreciating in value to N500 to the dollar at the parallel market, the value of the naira has appreciated to N498 to the dollar, the value it had been trading for weeks, even as external reserves rose to $28.28 billion the highest in the year highest in a year.

The naira however remained stable at N305.25 to the dollar at the interbank market, on the website of the Association of Bureau de Change Operators; the naira was quoted at N315.38 to the dollar.

Demand for the dollar grew and the Central Bank of Nigeria rationed dollar supply, having sold $660 million in 3 and 5 month currency forwards at an auction aimed at clearing a backlog of dollar demand. Traders however said the dollar sale was not enough to satisfy the market.

Data on the website of the apex bank showed that the nation’s external reserves have risen by 7.89 per cent since the beginning of the year. Traders said while the apex bank has been selling dollars on the official market to support the naira, dollar shortages were causing the naira to weaken on the black market.

Head of Africa Research at Standard Chartered Bank, Razia Khan said, “Despite rising foreign exchange reserves, it is the amount of forex that is supplied that matters.

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