British Pound Crashes as Naira Gains Over N200/£ Amid CBN’s Directives to Banks, BDCs, Others

British Pound Crashes as Naira Gains Over N200/£ Amid CBN’s Directives to Banks, BDCs, Others

  • The naira has further recorded gain against major foreign currencies, according to data provided by the CBN
  • The local currency started March selling for N1,647.12/£ compared to the N1,942.19/£ closing price at the beginning of the year
  • The improvement came as the CBN reinforced its drive on several directives to see the naira gain against other currencies journalist Zainab Iwayemi has over three years of experience covering the Economy, Technology, and Capital Market.

The Nigerian currency has gained massively against major foreign currencies as the CBN continued with directives helping to strengthen the local currency.

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Analysis showed that the naira gained by N295.07/£ in March. Photo Credit: CBN, BDC
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Analysis by showed that the naira gained by N295.07/£ in March.

According to CBN data, the naira started the month at N1,942.19/£ while it closed at N1,647.12/£ based on the record obtained for the 27th of the month.

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During the period, the pound sterling recorded its highest at N2,090 in the second week of the month while it recorded its lowest in the last week at N1646.49/£.

The improvement during the month followed efforts by the CBN to save the local currency. Recall that in a recent circular, the apex bank pegged a new round of $10,000 forex sales to licenced Bureau De Change (BDC) operators at N1,251/$1.

On Tuesday, February 27, 2024, the CBN confirmed that it cleared an additional $400 million FX backlog of verified and genuine forward requests.

The CBN governor, Olayemi Cardoso, disclosed this after the two-day Monetary Policy Committee meeting, which increased the country’s Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) by 400 basis points to 22.77% from 18.75% in July last year.

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In a recent report, the apex bank’s Monetary Policy Committee raised the benchmark interest rate by 200 basis points to 24.75%.

According to the CBN governor, the recent action is a component of the nation's efforts to counteract the growing inflation rate, estimated to be 31.70% in February.

Analysts said the development would reduce their ability to access credit for investment (businesses) or consumption (individuals).

Fidelis Obaniyi, an economist, said:

“Savers/investors may benefit from higher interest rates on savings and other commercial banks investments. However, people who invest in variable-rate loans may experience financial strain due to higher monthly repayments.”

Naira appreciates against the British pound reported that the Nigerian currency gained massively against the pound sterling, recording over N200/£ gain in just one week.

Data collated from the Central Bank of Nigeria showed that the naira closed at N1,772.78/£ on Friday, March 22, compared to the N2,003.85/£ it ended the previous week, Friday, March 15.

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This represents a significant appreciation of N231.07/£ in just one week.


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