By Joseph INOKOTONG
The retail segment of the interbank forex market received a boost on Friday, as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) intervened with a total sum of $388.66 million sold to authorized dealers in that sector of the market.
Friday’s figures were the results of the bids submitted by dealers since Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
Confirming the numbers, the Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department at the CBN, Isaac Okorafor, disclosed that the sum of $87.885 was for spot sales, while $300.8 million was sold as forwards.
According to him, the Bank sold $100.95 as 30-day forwards; $110.48 million as 45-day forwards and $99.37 as 60-day forwards.
Okorafor further explained that the forwards were sold into three tenors of 30, 45 and 60 days respectively.
While also confirming that the Bank continued with its intervention in the Bureau de Change (BDC) segment of the market to meet the needs of low-end users, the CBN spokesman said the Bank remained resolute in ensuring that it supplies enough forex to genuine customers and in the process sustain liquidity in the market.
With this development, he expressed hope that the CBN will inch even much closer to its objective of convergence of the rates in the interbank and BDC segments.
It will be recalled that the CBN in the course of the week intervened in the wholesale and invisibles segments of the market with amounts valued at over $346 million to ease access to foreign exchange by different categories of customers.