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CBN Sells $15.9Mn To BDCs In Defense Of Naira

At least $15,880,000 was sold by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to over  1, 588 Bureau De Change (BDC) operators to meet retail market demand for eligible transactions.

A statement by the apex bank on Monday said it will sell $10, 000 to each of the BDCs at the rate of N1,101/$1, adding that the BDCs are to sell to eligible customers at a spread of not more than 1.5 per cent above the purchase price.

The statement read, “We write to inform you of the sale of $10,000 by the CBN to BDCs at the rate of 1,101/$. The BDCs are, in turn, to sell to eligible end users at a spread not more than 1.5 per cent of the purchase price.”

The listed eligible BDCs have been directed to commence payment of the naira deposits into four CBN accounts, starting from April 8, 2024.

The apex bank also asked the operators to submit proof of payment and other documents at the appropriate CBN branches for disbursement.

The development comes following the sale of $10,000 to BDCs at a rate of N1,251/$ in March.

The Association of BDC Operators of Nigeria had earlier appealed to the CBN to adjust and lower its applicable exchange rate below the N1,251/$ it pegged for its members.

The naira has appreciated against the dollar in recent weeks, gaining over 40%, from about N1,900/$ to about N1,200/$1 now.

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