Naira has fallen to a new record low first day of November 2022, See New Exchange Rate below.
NewsOnline reports that the naira has depreciated further against the dollar at the parallel as it now exchanges for N880 per dollar as of Tuesday evening, 1st November 2022.
According to reports, the naira is currently under high selling pressure in the black market following the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) announcement that the newly redesigned naira notes would start circulating in the economy from December 15, 2022.
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This online news observed that since the apex bank made this announcement last week, the naira has fallen from its initial record low of N765/$1, losing over N53 in barely six days, further piling pressure on the local currency.
A visit to popular Bureau De Change hubs in Lagos and Abuja revealed that several customers came looking for dollars but had difficulty accessing it.
An operator at Allen Roundabout in Lagos, Muhammed Tijani said dollars were still selling for less than N820/$1 Tuesday evening, 1st November 2022.
“I buy for between N820 and N785 while I sell for between N885 and N890. The dollar has not reached N900. It is all speculation,” he said.
Another operator, Alhaji Nafiu Isah, said that the dollar was on the rise and might reach N900 before the end of the week.
“I buy for N820 and sell for N850 -N880 for now but it is on the rise and might get to N900 very soon,” he said.
Some of the operators confirmed there was a spike in demand following the CBN’s announcement that it will introduce new currencies. They also confirmed that they’ve seen an unusual demand and mop-up in the past few days.
One of the operators who identified himself as Ismailia Yusuf said the US dollar was very scarce. He also said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had visited the BDCs to scavenge for those offloading naira for dollars.
According to Nairametrics’ FX tracker, the naira has lost over 28% of its value between January and October 2022 due to increased demand for the dollar amidst sustained dollar scarcity. The naira started the year at N565 to a dollar.
The exchange rate at the Investors and Exporters window, where FX is traded officially, has also seen some systematic devaluation so far this year, moving from an average of N416/$1 last year to as high as N444/$1 as FX supply continues to dwindle in recent times.
Data tracked by Nairalytics showed that the sum of $362.7 million was traded at the official FX market last week, marking a decline from $425.3 million recorded in the previous week. This was even significantly lower than the average of $500 and $1 billion weekly trades recorded sometime earlier in the year.