Folasodun Sonubi, the interim head of the Central Bank of Nigeria, has announced that the central bank will introduce various strategies to bring stability to the Naira’s value.
Following discussions with President Bola Tinubu at the state house on August 14, Shonubi explained that the ongoing depreciation of the Naira has raised concerns for the Nigerian leader, leading to the determination to address this issue.
Sonubi attributed the variations in the unofficial market primarily to speculative demand.
“Mr. President is very concerned about some of the goings on in the foreign exchange market.
“One of the things we discussed is what could be done to stabilise and what could be done to improve the liquidity in the market and also the goings on in the various other markets, including the parallel market.
“He’s concerned about its impact on the average person, since, unfortunately, a lot of activities that we do, which are purely local, are still referenced to exchange rates in the parallel market.
“We have discussed and I have shared with him what we’re doing to improve supply. If you look at the official market, you will find that that market has been fairly stable and the spreads of the difference have not fluctuated as much.
“We do not believe that the changes going on in the parallel market are driven by pure economic demand and supply, but are touched by speculative demand from people.
“Some of the plans and strategies, which I am not at liberty to share with you, means sooner rather than later, the speculators should be careful because we believe the things we’re doing, when they come to fruition, may result in significant losses to them.
“But my presence here is more about the concerns the president has and his needs to know that we are doing something about it, assurances of which I have given him totally.
“We are doing things which will significantly impact the market in a few days time and we will all see it.
“The intention is to ensure the environment operates at a level that’s more efficient, but also that is also very reasonable and does not have a negative impact to the best that we can on the lives of the average person.”