16 February 2015, Lagos – The Naira on Monday lost N2 to the dollar to sell at N210 at the Bureau De Change (BDCs) segment of the official market.
It also depreciated by N4 at the black market, selling at N213 to the dollar.
A dealer, who preferred anonymity, said that the depreciation might not be unconnected with the closure of trading at the interbank market by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The dealer also said that the CBN’s decision which was meant to control speculations in the market might be responsible for the depreciation.
The Naira against the pound at the BDCs and black market sold for N307 and N314 respectively.
It, however, exchanged against the Euro at N235 at the BDCs, while it sold for N237 at the black market.
The CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, said that only BDCs and banks with genuine demand for foreign exchange will get forex allocation.
The CBN on Jan. 28 put up measures to calm the strong volatility observed in the forex market to save the naira from further depreciation.
It increased the weekly supply of dollars per BDC operator from 15,000 dollars to 30,000 dollars and also set aside extra 30,000 dollars to the BDC sector.
The banking sector regulator said the move was part of measures to deepen the BDCs segment.