The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele, on Thursday briefing the President Muhammadu Buhari on the stability in the country’s foreign exchange, forex market and other activities of the apex bank.
Emerging from the presidential wing of the Villa after a closed door meeting with the President, who is still recuperating from an undisclosed ailment, Emefiele told State House correspondents that he updated the president on the efforts being made by the apex bank to stabilize the local currency.
Emefiele said the naira is currently stabilising at between N380 and N385 to a dollar, explaining that the increase in crude oil production and export were the major factors responsible for the stability in the forex market.
He said: “Basically, as it’s expected, what we normally do is from time to time to brief the President about activities about the Central Bank of Nigeria particularly at this time as it relates to the efforts that the central bank is doing to stabilize the Forex market.
“And we briefed him regarding the activities so far and he was very delighted to hear that the market is stabilizing at the level that it is right now and I am saying the parallel market which currently stabilizes at between N380 and N385.
“There is no secret. It’s about the fact that at this time we have seen production of crude and increasing export of crude also. The fact that we have seen also crude prices oscillating to between $50 to $55 to $56. It has helped our revenue position and had also provided some ammunition for the Central Bank to defend the currency.
“Given what we have right now the fact that the revenues are looking good, the state of the economy is good and I believe that we are going to pull out of the problem in due course.”
The CBN governor stated that the economy was also looking good with the rising price of crude oil which he said was “oscillating between $50 to $55 and $56” per barrel.
When asked if the intervention of the apex bank which comes by way of injecting more funds into the forex market was sustainable, Emefiele said that it was the responsibility of the apex bank to ensure that businesses were not stifled on the account of dearth of foreign exchange.
“Our responsibility as Central Bank of Nigeria is to do what we are doing at this time. Nigerians or importers, people who need foreign exchange to do businesses need these foreign exchanges to conduct businesses and given the fact that we are able to increase our fx revenues, the natural thing to do is to make the foreign exchange available to those who need them to import or to carry out eligible transactions,” he said.