Nigerian Currency Hits New Low Against US Dollar: Efforts Underway to Rectify Undervaluation

The Nigerian currency has recently experienced a significant decline against the US dollar on the official market. Central Bank Governor Olayemi Cardoso has acknowledged that the naira is currently undervalued and steps are being taken to address this issue.

Official and Parallel Market Exchange Rates Almost Converge

The Nigerian currency has reached a new low against the US dollar on the official market, briefly reaching NGN1,398 per greenback on January 25th. This latest record low has brought the official exchange rate close to the parallel market rate of NGN1,400:USD1.

The depreciation of the naira is part of an ongoing trend that began shortly after Bola Tinubu assumed the presidency from Muhammadu Buhari and replaced former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele. Prior to this transition, the central bank had maintained a fixed exchange rate of just under NGN500:USD1.

Since the new CBN leadership took office, the naira has steadily depreciated against major currencies in both the official and unofficial markets. Experts on the Nigerian economy attribute this depreciation to foreign exchange shortages.

However, Governor Olayemi Cardoso recently stated during the launch of an economic outlook report that the naira is undervalued and steps are being taken to facilitate its true valuation.

"We believe that the naira is currently undervalued and, in conjunction with coordinated fiscal measures, we will expedite genuine price discovery in the near future. This coordinated approach will contribute to a more balanced and stable exchange rate," said Cardoso.

In order to ensure that all foreign exchange inflows are returned to the central bank, the CBN is reportedly planning to implement several measures, according to a report in the Leadership.

Furthermore, Cardoso expressed his optimism that the reforms being implemented by the CBN will lead to a consistent and stable exchange rate. Such stability will enhance investor confidence and make Nigeria an attractive destination for foreign direct investment.

What are your thoughts on the CBN governor's remarks regarding the value of the naira? Share your opinion in the comments section below.

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By: Terence Zimwara
Title: Nigerian Currency Hits New Low Against US Dollar: Efforts Underway to Rectify Undervaluation
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