Nigeria unlikely to change forex policy, Information Minister says

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Nigeria’s current policy of multiple exchange rates for its currency, the Naira, is working well, and the Central Bank is unlikely to change it anytime soon, according to Alh. Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information.

Nigeria has maintained multiple exchange rates since currency controls were introduced in 2015 to counter the impact of falling prices for crude oil, which provides 90 percent of the country’s foreign exchange earnings.

Information Minister Lai Mohammed said the current system, which involves multiple exchange rates while the official rate is held at N306 to the dollar, was working well:

“Right now, the currency is converging naturally at about 360 Naira to the dollar. Three years ago, the same … was about N525. I don’t think the Central Bank is in a hurry to change this.

“Inflation is down and the reserves are up. We are in a better position to defend the Naira,” Mohammed said in an interview with source.

President Buhari won a second term in office in a February election., while the tenure of Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele is due to end in June. A decision on his future is likely to be among the first major announcements in Buhari’s second term.

Mohammed said Emefiele had done a good job, particularly with loans to support sectors such as agriculture. He declined to comment when asked about the President’s intentions.

Nigeria’s Central Bank Governors typically only serve one term, but they can be re-appointed.

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