Naira Hits All-Time Low Against Dollar

Bamigboye Akinola Author and Columnist
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Naira Hits All-Time Low Against Dollar

Lagos, September 14, 2023 – The Nigerian economy faces yet another hit as the naira’s value drops dramatically, touching an unprecedented N950 to a dollar, marking one of the most significant depreciations in its history. With forex scarcity continuing to aggravate, concerns are mounting over the potential repercussions on the nation’s economy.


  • The naira has hit an all-time low against the dollar, trading at N950 to a dollar.
  • The depreciation is being driven by a shortage of foreign exchange in the country.
  • The Central Bank of Nigeria is taking steps to curb the depreciation, including a crackdown on forex dealers.
  • The depreciation is having a negative impact on the Nigerian economy, making imports more expensive and exports less competitive.
  • Nigeria needs to diversify its economy to reduce its dependence on oil and make its currency more stable.

The ongoing decline of the naira against the dollar primarily stems from an exacerbated shortage of foreign exchange in the country. Such scarcity can be traced back to multiple sources, including oil price fluctuations and dwindling foreign investment, crucial aspects for an economy reliant on oil exports.

This alarming devaluation of the naira in the parallel market has raised eyebrows in international trade circles, as Nigeria grapples with the effects of its monetary policies and global economic pressures. An underlying cause of the currency’s devaluation has been identified as “excess liquidity”, which has driven the naira’s value further down in the parallel market.

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In recent weeks, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has shown increasing concern over the situation. Actions and interventions are being deliberated upon, including a crackdown on forex dealers believed to be manipulating the market to their advantage. The CBN’s strategies are seen as pivotal to counteract the naira’s volatility, as they aim to reinforce a stable financial ecosystem in the country.

The persistent issue of forex scarcity has not only impacted the value of the naira but also has potential ramifications for the nation’s import and export trade. With the naira weakening, the cost of imports will inevitably surge, leading to increased prices of goods and services, impacting the average Nigerian consumer. On the flip side, while exports might become cheaper, the benefits might not be immediately tangible, given the global economic climate and demand variations.

Speculation in the forex market has also played a role in the current economic scenario. The Central Bank’s recent vow to clamp down on currency speculators signifies the gravity of the situation and underscores the urgency to restore market stability.

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However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Despite the current economic challenges, there are silver linings. The situation serves as a wake-up call for Nigeria to diversify its economy, reduce its dependence on oil, and explore other avenues of revenue. Investments in technology, agriculture, and sustainable energy could provide alternate routes for economic growth, eventually stabilizing the naira’s position in the forex market.

It’s also worth noting that Nigeria isn’t alone in facing currency challenges. Global economic shifts and the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic have caused fluctuations in many national currencies. However, Nigeria’s response in the coming months will be crucial in determining its economic trajectory and the well-being of its citizens.

Stakeholders, business leaders, and financial experts have convened on various platforms to discuss potential solutions and interventions. Their consensus highlights the importance of a multi-faceted approach, blending regulatory oversight, market-driven solutions, and economic diversification strategies to restore the naira’s value and Nigeria’s economic vibrancy.

In conclusion, the forex scarcity and the consequent weakening of the naira present a critical challenge for Nigeria. However, with timely interventions, diversification strategies, and a focus on sustainable growth, Nigeria can navigate these turbulent economic waters and set a course for prosperity and stability in the future.