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Osinbajo’s ‘Naira devaluation’ statement over forex scarcity clarified

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s spokesperson, Laolu Akande has said that his principal was not calling for devaluation of Naira in his speech at the midterm review of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term in office, office.

Akande who defended Osinbajo following the controversy that trailed his calls for the Central Bank of Nigeria to make the exchange rate reflective of what is obtainable in the market as the official exchange rate is artificially low, stated that the Vice President was only advocating for a forex policy that curbed arbitrage and corruption, thereby offering customers cheaper dollars.

The statement read;

“Our attention has been drawn to statements and reports in the media mis-characterising as a call for devaluation, the view of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, that the Naira exchange rate was being kept artificially low.

“Prof. Osinbajo is not calling for the devaluation of the Naira. He has at all times argued against a willy-nilly devaluation of the Naira.

“For context, the Vice-President’s point was that currently the Naira exchange rate benefits only those who are able to obtain the dollar at N410, some of who simply turn round and sell to the parallel market at N570.

“It is stopping this huge arbitrage of over N160 per dollar that the Vice-President was talking about. Such a massive difference discourages doing proper business, when selling the dollar can bring in 40% profit!

“This was why the Vice-President called for measures that would increase the supply of foreign exchange in the market rather than simply managing demand, which opens up irresistible opportunities for arbitrage and corruption.

“It is a well-known fact that foreign investors and exporters have been complaining that they could not bring foreign exchange in at N410 and then have to purchase foreign exchange in the parallel market at N570 to meet their various needs on account of unavailability of foreign exchange.

“Only a more market reflective exchange rate would ameliorate this. With an increase in the supply of dollars, the rates will drop and the value of the naira will improve.”

Noting that the problem confronting the economy on this matter is how to improve the supply of foreign exchange, the statement added that the problem would not be solved if mechanisms like the Importers and Exporters (I&E) forex window don’t work.

It added;

“If we allow this market mechanism to work as intended, we will find that the naira will appreciate against the dollar as we restore confidence in the system.”

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Dollar to naira exchange rate today 14 January 2022

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How much is Dollar to Naira Exchange at CBN Rate?

According to available data from the CBN, US dollar to naira exchange rate bought at ₦413.79 and sold at ₦414.79, making an average of  ₦414.29 for $1 on Thursday January 13.

How Much Is Dollar To Naira Exchange Today At Official Rate?

The official rate today, dollar exchange to naira opened at ₦416.15 on Wednesday January 12, and closed at ₦416.50 on Tuesday January 11. This amount to () per cent increase for naira against dollar.

The CBN adopts the NAFEX rates from FMDQ, signifying that all exchange rate transactions involving the public and the private sector will reference the prevailing NAFEX rate as its official exchange rate.

It is the official security exchange where foreign currencies (FOREX) is traded between naira and dollar and other currencies.

Daily turnover at the forex market stands at ₦172.99m.

How Much Is Dollar To Naira Exchange Today at Bank Rate?

Each commercial banks is at their discretion to fix forex exchange rate. Factors can range from currency availability, demand against the prevailing rate.

See below bank rate of dollar to naira:

GTbank: ₦ 480

Ecobank: ₦ 480

Access Bank: ₦470

UBA: ₦510

Sterling Bank: ₦480

FCMB: ₦480

Fidelity: ₦533

How much is exchange rate of Dollar to Naira in Black Market today?

According to Abuja Parallel Market as available with the Bureau De Change (BDC), US dollar to naira as at Friday January 14, 2022 opened at ₦570 to $1.

Although, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has warned individuals who need forex to approach commercial banks.

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Nigeria suspends cooking gas export

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Nigeria will no longer export cooking gas and will channel the procuct 100 percent to domestic market, the Nigeria LNG Limited announced on Thursday.

The board of directors had approved the supply of 100 per cent of the Liquefied Petroleum 3pGas (butane and propane) produced by the company to the Nigerian market.

The NLNG said in a statement that it would prioritise the domestic market for 100 per cent of its butane (cooking gas) production.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, NLNG, Dr Philip Mshelbila, said the announcement marked the company’s strong commitment to the continued growth of the domestic LPG market and its passion to increase utilisation of one of the most versatile energy sources in the world.

He said, “Committing 100 per cent of our LPG supply is a major milestone in our journey of domestic gas supply. We supplied our first butane cargo into the domestic market in 2007, which helped to develop over the years the LPG industry in Nigeria from less than 50,000 tonnes to over 1 million tonnes market size annually by the end of 2020.

“In 2021, we increased our LPG supply commitment from 350,000 metric tonnes (or 28 million 12.5kg cylinders) to actual delivery of 400,000 metric tonnes (or 32 million 12.5kg cylinders) thereby directing most of our production into the domestic market.

“But this was not enough for NLNG, hence this commitment to do all that we possibly can and supply 100 per cent of our LPG production to the domestic market.”

According to Mshelbila, gas, as the cleanest of the fossil fuels, has become an essential energy source to be reckoned with during this energy transition period.

He said, “Other countries are revolutionising their energy industry to cut down on carbon emissions drastically. Nigeria should not be left out in this drive, considering its abundant gas resources.

“Gas is essential for life and living at the moment, because it can support everything we will need to develop our economy and create better living standards for Nigerians. We need to change the narrative, and NLNG is being pragmatic about it.”

“Nigeria LNG Limited supplied LPG both to the Nigerian and international markets before now. With the decision of the Board of Directors, all of the company’s LPG production will be delivered to the domestic market.”

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Dollar to naira exchange rate today 12 January 2022

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How much is Dollar to Naira Exchange at CBN Rate?

According to available data from the CBN, US dollar to naira exchange rate bought at ₦413.44 and sold at ₦414.44, making an average of  ₦413.94 for $1 on Tuesday January 11.

How Much Is Dollar To Naira Exchange Today At Official Rate?

The official rate today, dollar exchange to naira opened at ₦416.25 on Monday January 10, and closed at ₦416.00 on Friday January 7. This amount to 0.06 per cent increase for naira against dollar.

The CBN adopts the NAFEX rates from FMDQ, signifying that all exchange rate transactions involving the public and the private sector will reference the prevailing NAFEX rate as its official exchange rate.

It is the official security exchange where foreign currencies (FOREX) is traded between naira and dollar and other currencies.

Current turnover at the forex market stands at ₦104.92m.

How Much Is Dollar To Naira Exchange Today at Bank Rate?

Each commercial banks is at their discretion to fix forex exchange rate. Factors can range from currency availability, demand against the prevailing rate.

See below bank rate of dollar to naira:

GTbank: ₦ 480

Ecobank: ₦ 480

Access Bank: ₦470

UBA: ₦510

Sterling Bank: ₦480

FCMB: ₦480

Fidelity: ₦533

How much is exchange rate of Dollar to Naira in Black Market today?

According to Abuja Parallel Market as available with the Bureau De Change (BDC), US dollar to naira as at Wednesday January 12, 2022 opened at ₦570 to $1.

Although, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has warned individuals who need forex to approach commercial banks.

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