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Naira Hits Record Low N742/$ At Parallel Market

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naira, dollar exchange for July 23

The Nigerian currency, the naira hit a record low on Thursday at the parallel section of the foreign exchange (FX) market, as it dropped to 742 per dollar.

The figure represents a depreciation of N5 or 0.7 percent from the N737 it traded two weeks ago.

With the depreciation, the gap between the official and parallel market exchange rates continued to widen amid increased demand for the greenback.

At the official market, the naira gained 0.11 against the dollar to close at N440.67 on Wednesday, according to details on FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange — a platform that oversees official FX trading in Nigeria.

Currency traders known as Bureaux De Change operators (BDCs), who spoke to TheCable on Thursday in Lagos, said they purchased the greenback at N735/$, and then sell at N742 to make a profit of N7.

The traders said the FX scarcity continues to bite hard in the market.

“People keep coming to buy dollars but there is a shortage of dollars in the market.

There is demand but no supply. Because of that, the price of the dollar keeps going up,” a BDC operator in the Victoria Island area of Lagos said.

Another trader in Abuja said he sold the dollar for N740.

Last year, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) stopped FX allocation to BDC operators.

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, said the black market traders turned away from their objectives to become money laundering agents.

The CBN has also consistently maintained that the parallel market represented less than one percent of FX transactions and should never be used to determine Nigeria’s naira/dollar exchange rate.

The apex bank later commissioned deposit money banks to cover the expected demand from the public, according to TheCable. The Cable

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