The Naira has further fallen to 600 naira per dollar at the parallel market, odunews.com can confirm.
The figure represents a 0.8 per cent drop compared to N595 a dollar it traded last week.
At the Importers and Exporters (I&E) window, the currency exchanged N415.75, widening the margin to N184.25.
The naira has continued to weaken in the parallel market due to increasing demand, falling external reserves, and low foreign exchange inflows into the coffers of Africa’s biggest economy.
In the last three weeks, the country’s external reserves dropped by $700 million to $38.72 billion as at May 13, according to figures obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Experts have also linked the situation to politics, as they believe politicians are mopping up dollars for election primaries this month.
A parallel market (street/black market) is characterised by noncompliant behaviour with an institutional set of rules.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has often maintained that the parallel market is not the true reflection of the naira.
Recently, the US Federal Reserve raised interest rates by a half-percentage point to battle the country’s worst inflation in 40 years.
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