Forex: CBN moves to stop naira free fall

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is set to take new measures to stabilise the naira against the dollar.

Acting Governor of the CBN, Folasodun Sonubi made this known while addressing State House Correspondents after meeting President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Monday.

He revealed that the meeting was to brief the president on what the apex bank was doing the halt the slide.

According to him, Tinubu expressed his concern about the impact of recent developments in the foreign exchange market, particularly on ordinary citizens.

Sonubi said he assured the President that the CBN is actively working to improve liquidity and stability in the market, including addressing issues in the parallel market.

The CBN governor stressed that the fluctuations in the parallel market are not solely driven by economic factors, but also by speculative demand.

He further stated that the CBN’s ultimate goal is to create an efficient and reasonable operating environment that minimise negative impacts on the average Nigerian’s life.

Sonubi said: “Mr President is very concerned about some of the goings on in the foreign exchange market. One of the things we discussed is what could be done to stabilise and what could be done to improve the liquidity in the market and also the goings on in the various other markets, including the parallel market.

“He’s concerned about its impact on the average person, since, unfortunately, a lot of activities that we do, which are purely local, are still referenced to exchange rates in the parallel market.

“We’ve discussed and I’ve shared with him what we’re doing to improve supply. If you look at the official market, you’ll find that that market has been fairly stable and the spreads of the difference have not fluctuated as much.

“We do not believe that the changes going on in the parallel market are driven by pure economic demand and supply, but are touched by speculative demand from people.

“Some of the plans and strategies, which I’m not at liberty to share with you, means sooner rather than later, the speculators should be careful because we believe the things we’re doing, when they come to fruition, may result in significant losses to them.

“But my presence here is more about the concerns the President has and his needs to know that we are doing something about it, assurances of which I have given him totally.

“So I hope this helps. We are looking at it and we’re doing things that will significantly impact the market in a few days time and we will all see it.

“The intention is to ensure the environment operates at a level that’s more efficient, but also that is also very reasonable and does not have a negative impact to the best that we can on the lives of the average person.”