In continuation of ensuring available of foreign currency, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has injected $325.64 million into the Retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS).
According to document obtained from the bank at the weekend, the amount released was for requests in the agricultural, airlines, petroleum products and raw materials and machinery sectors.
The Bank’s Acting Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor, who noted that the continued intervention were in line with the assurances made by the Governor, Godwin Emefiele, to sustain market liquidity in order to boost production and trade.
Okorafor said that the feedback from the wholesale and retail segments of the Nigerian Forex markets showed that customers were satisfied with their level of access to foreign exchange.
He noted that the degree of optimism displayed by all players underscored the fact that everyone was happy with the level of transparency in the market.
Okorafor assured that with the recession now over and foreign reserves now standing at $42 billion, the CBN had enough in its arsenal to maintain the international value of the Naira as well as guarantee access to forex by those requiring it to meet genuine needs.
He also reiterated that the desire of the Bank to ensure that all, particularly low end users, had access to foreign exchange to meet genuine needs prompted by the Bankers’ Committee, in its first meeting of 2018, to agree to sell United States dollars to those requiring it for invisibles at the rate of N360/$1, without any commission whatsoever.