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Naira Appreciates to N790/$ as New Currency Notes Introduction Draws Closer

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The Association of Bureaux Des Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) says Naira has continued to firm against the Dollar at the parallel market as date for CBN new currency introduction draws closer.

MoneyCentral’s survey of currency dealers shows the Naira trading at N790/$.

“There is an observed growing return to sanity in the parallel market as the deadline for the cancellation of the old notes and introduction of the new notes in circulation come closer,” Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, President, (ABCON), said in an interview with Newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos.

“The market is witnessing a dull moment as the spiral volatility in the exchange rate of the local currency nosedived.”

“Majority of the dealers are very cautious in quoting their bid and offer rates to their clients,  who desperately want to upload their position in the market,” Gwadabe said.

The ABCON chief said the development became paramount as demands for foreign currency were being diverted to commodity market.

He noted that a tonne of hibiscus (zobo) which was selling for N500, 000 jumped to N1m per tonne.

“A bag of millet which was selling for N18,000 per bag now sells for N24,000 per bag,” he said.

Gwadabe said that there were governance decisions made outside the shores of Nigeria that were impacting the naira positively.

The ABCON boss said that the recent recall for foreign assets of the Vatican back home and the Saudi Arabia diversification drive from oil to renewable energy was pointing to a New World Order.

According to him, the new world order may likely lead to a global financial distortion that will challenge the hegemony of the American dollar.

“In the light of the above, we, therefore urge the CBN to seize the positive trajectory to revisit the suspension of the Bureau De Changes (BDCs) from accessing the designated official FX windows in the ecosystem.

“ABCON also advises the CBN to continue with their crack down on foreign exchange abuses in the market.

“It is also noteworthy for the CBN to liberalise Diaspora remittance pick up agency and come up with new non export proceeds utilisation to inject liquidity in the market,” Gwadabe said.

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