Dollar Hits N785 As Politicians Flood BDCs With Expiring Naira Notes

The naira has suffered further depreciation at the parallel market, currently trading for N785 against the dollar.

The dollar sold at N785 on Friday evening, according to Aboki Forex, a website that informs Nigerians of the rate at which foreign currencies are exchanged in the black market.

It was reported earlier in October that the naira had reached a new high, trading at N750 to the dollar. Since then, the dollar has continued to rise, resulting in a higher exchange rate.

The continued rise follows the prolonged ban on BDC operators as well as the Central Bank of Nigeria’s announcement of plans to phase out the country’s current banknotes and replace them by December.

On Wednesday, the apex bank’s governor, Godwin Emefiele, disclosed that plans were underway to launch new naira notes by December 15. 

Mr Emefiele said the move, since approved by President Muhammadu Buhari and other stakeholders, was certain to positively impact the value of the naira. 

However, following the latest announcement, politicians have approached BDC operators to easily convert their soon-to-expire stockpiled naira to foreign currencies, as the apex bank gave all Nigerians six weeks to return all old naira notes to the bank’s vault. 

In 2021, the CBN prohibited the sale of foreign exchange to BDC operators in a bid to arrest the fast fall of the country’s currency. The apex bank had accused the BDCs of unauthorised sales of foreign exchange above the market they were authorised to serve.

BDC operators were a significant part of the black market before the ban, helping people who couldn’t legally access foreign currencies directly from the CBN to maintain their exchange rates.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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