By Chika Otuchikere
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has injected the total sum of $349.34 million in the Retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS) segment of the Forex market.
Figures obtained from the CBN, weekend, showed that the interventions were meant to meet obligations in the agricultural, airlines, petroleum products and raw materials and machinery sectors.
The CBN Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, who confirmed the releases, reiterated that the Bank continued to intervene in the foreign exchange market owing mainly to its commitment to guarantee liquidity in the foreign exchange market and boost the production sector.
Okorafor said the continued interventions by the CBN in the forex market in addition to the recent currency swap with the Peoples Bank of China (PBoC) would ease pressure on the country’s reserves.
He expressed confidence that the 16 Billion Renminbi (RMB) 16 billion ($2.5bn) deal would provide adequate local currency liquidity to Nigerian and Chinese industrialists and other businesses, stressing that the deal would protect Nigerian business men and women from the harsh effects of third currency fluctuations.
Speaking further, he explained that the bank, in injecting funds into the market, was playing its role of safeguarding the international value of the legal tender currency through exchange rate stability. He said the bank was also committed to diversifying the Nigerian economy from oil.
The Central Bank of Nigeria in its last SMIS injected the sum of $339.89, while also intervening in the inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market to the tune of $210 million comprising $100million for the wholesale segment and $55 million for both the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and invisibles segment.