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  • Updated: February 07, 2022

External Reserves Slides To Five Month Low At $39.82 Billion

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Okojie Kelvin Echiejile
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The nation's external reserves fell below the $40 billion mark for the first time in five months.

Despite figures from the central bank of Nigeria showing a rise in the crude oil price to $93.32, the external reserve still plunged to $39.82 billion. For the past few days, the nation’s external reserve has been suffering a consistent decline. On Thursday, February 3, 2022, the external reserve lost $110 million.

The losses have been consistent for a week now. As a result, the reserves fell to $39.82 billion from $40.53 billion, losing $710 million in the process.

According to a report from the CBN, the country’s external reserves rose from $39.82 billion on October 15, 2021, to a high of $41.83 billion on October 29, 2021, on the back of the Eurobond inflow and the International Monetary Fund’s Special Drawing Right.

The question is what could be responsible for this huge decline. A currency analyst at researchitlive.com, Eneanya Charles, attributed the decline to increased FX intervention to avoid a slide of the Naira against major currencies. He also attributed the decline to trying to mend fences with the Chinese government by paying interest on some of the Chinese loans. The payment of fuel subsidies to fuel marketers was also given as a reason.

Another reason could be the maturity due date for payment of some domestic and international bonds.

However, the CBN hasn’t given any reason for this depletion in the external reserve despite the increased revenue accrued courtesy of the $93.32 per barrel of crude oil.

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Okojie Kelvin Echiejile
Okojie Kelvin Echiejile

I am an astute, dedicated, devoted, and intelligent investigator of economic, and financial news and...

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Central Bank of Nigeria EXCHANGE RATE

Currencies Buy Rate Sell Rates
GBP - NGN 547.98 549.30
USD - NGN 415.23 416.23
EUR - NGN 457.42 458.52
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