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Naira Depreciation: BDC Operators Affirm Nigerians Converting Savings To Dollars

HANNAH ONI

Bureau De Change (BDC), operators, has affirmed that due to the depreciation in the value of Naira some Nigerians are now keeping their savings in the United States Dollars.

According to the National President, Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), Aminu Gwadabe, stated that there is need for the forex market to be liquid in other for the trend to stop.

He said, the $2.2billion released by the African Import Export Bank (Afrexim bank), is not enough to stimulate the market.

“For now, it’s a difficult situation which is also creating panic in the market because the value of the naira is eroding and because of that, a lot of people prefer to keep their savings in dollars,” he disclosed.

Speaking on the $2.2billion crude oil prepayment facility, Gwadabe said, “the $2.2billion Afrexim bank crude prepayment facility is a welcome development but I don’t think it’s enough to stimulate the market considering the situation because if we put $2.2billion into the market, we have been seeing demand in the I&E window alone ranging from $150million to $250million daily so, in 10 days, the $2.2billion will be exhausted. Speculators will speculate and we will run it out between 10 to 15 days.”

He, however, called for paradigm shift in the supply of dollar into the FX market, “we need to have a paradigm shift in terms of supply, it’s very important and should be immediate. We have been talking about diaspora remittances and as at last year we recorded over $20billion US dollars.

On his part, a financial analyst, Ayokunle Olubunmi, said Nigerians are buying and keeping their earnings in foreign exchange in other to meet future financial obligations.

He said, “It’s a no brainer, let’s think about it if you look at the trend of the naira this year alone, there will be devaluation and if we look at the level of devaluation so far and people who have dollar needs in the couple of months or years, for instance, may be buying and keeping it.

“For instance, anyone going on vacation in August, it will be very profitable for the person to borrow money now to buy dollar and keep it till he needs it. He may even be paying interest on it. I am telling you the thinking of Nigeria.

“I even know someone that his child will be schooling abroad in the next 5 years and the person is buying dollars and keeping them as he’s getting the money little by little for the obligations he wants to meet in the future,”  Olubunmi said.

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