The Central Bank of Nigeria said on Tuesday it had injected 210 million dollars into the interbank foreign exchange market, extending efforts to boost liquidity and alleviate dollar shortages.
The bank said, in a statement, it had released 100 million dollars earmarked for the wholesale market, 55 million dollars for small businesses and individuals, and 55 million dollars for certain dollar expenses such as school fees and medical bills.
According to figures obtained from the Bank, Tuesday’s interventions were for the Wholesale, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and invisibles segments of the market.
The Acting Director, Corporate Communications at the CBN, Mr. Isaac Okorafor disclosed that the Bank offered the sum of $100million to the wholesale segment, while the SMEs and invisibles segments each received the sum of $55 million.
He reiterated that the releases were meant to boost liquidity, trade and ease of remittances for legitimate personal commitments.
In spite of the stable rate of N360/$1 and the expected inflow from various sources such as the Eurobond and remittances from the Diaspora, Okorafor said the Bank would continue to intervene in the inter-bank forex market to guarantee liquidity.
While also noting that the interventions had largely checked unwholesome activities of currency speculators, he said that the CBN would not relent in its daily monitoring of activities in the market in order to ensure that all concerned operate in line with extant rules.
Meanwhile, the naira maintained its steady rate against major currencies around the globe, exchanging for N360/$1 in the BDC segment of the market on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.