“Why The Naira Will Continue To Fall”

 

Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, the President, Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), has identified some of the rationales behind the continuous fall of the naira.

According to Gwadabe, speculation, hoarding and increasing zero confidence of foreign investors among others are some of the reasons for the continuous spike of the local currency in the exchange market.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted him as saying that the existence of a Non-Derivable Forward market in London that enjoyed the patronage of Nigerian companies and foreign investors also contributed to dollar liquidity challenge.

Gwadabe said the NDF market rate hovers around N430 to a dollar.

He said, “The existence of that market is a challenge to liquidity inflow to our own market.”

The financial expert explained that Diaspora remittances had recently declined as most of the newly registered International Money Transfers Operators had yet to send inflows.

Gwadabe called for a robust and sustainable dialogue between operators in the forex market and the regulator to ensure an urgent solution to “the unfortunate situation”.

He noted that most countries experiencing recession were already getting out of it but wondered why the Nigerian situation was “lukewarm’’.

Gwadabe said that the regulators encouraged flexibility in the rates of foreign investors’ inflows as a temporary measure to boost liquidity in the market.

He called on the regulators of the forex market to also boost supply to the BDCs sub-sector.

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