Dollar To Naira: Can eNaira Influence Exchange Rates (Experts Discuss)

Dollar To Naira: Can eNaira Influence Exchange Rates (Experts Discuss)

Dollar to naira has significantly increased, such that it has made the Nigerian local currency suffer a steady under President Muhammadu Buhari‘s watch.

Unmask NG understands that within a period of six years that Buhari rode into power on the promise of making naira stronger as against the dollar, the local currency had lost its value by at least 250%.

However, as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) launched Africa’s first-ever digital currency in Abuja yesterday (Monday, October 24, 2021), there was excitement among the citizenry, as many opined that the newly-floated eNaira would save the naira.

But financial experts and market analysts thought otherwise, as they all shared the same sentiment on the topic.

According to them, the eNaira would not change or affect the value of the naira in the foreign exchange market.

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The immediate past Director-General of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Muda Yusuf, said there was no relationship between the foreign exchange market and the eNaira.

He said, “There is no connection between the eNaira and the exchange rate. No relationship at all. The exchange rate is determined by the demand and supply fundamentals in the foreign exchange market.

“These are driven largely by imports, exports, and the flow of capital across borders. The naira, whether digital or physical, is just a means of exchange and to some extent, a store of value.”

He, however, noted that the eNaira was consistent with the current digitalisation trend across all sectors globally.

Yusuf, who is the chief executive officer, Centre for the Promotion of Private Enterprises (CPPE), explained that digital applications typically came with efficiency, cost-effectiveness, smartness in usage, and convenience.

“But it is still not clear what the value proposition of the eNaira is, beyond the psychological satisfaction of joining the league of countries with digital currencies,” Yusuf stated.

The CPPE boss noted that transactions on these platforms were already in trillions of naira, and still counting, adding that it remained to be seen what additional value the eNaira would bring.

He said, “A great deal of sensitisation and awareness need to be undertaken to generate trust and confidence in this new payment system initiative.

“International investors typically would prefer a currency that is acceptable globally and convertible such as the dollar.”

Corroborating Yusuf’s claim, Dr. Olalekan Aworinde, a senior lecturer at the Pan Atlantic University, explained that there was a need to do more sensitise the public more on the risks.

He said, “I think that the CBN should be aware of the fact that there is the risk of cyber attacks with the introduction of the eNaira.

“As a result, the CBN needs to properly educate the masses on how to use the eNaira in a way that would not put their safety and the safety of their funds at risk.

Another expert and the Chief Executive Officer of SD&D Capital Management Limited, Idakolo Gbolade, also said there was the need to sensitive the public more.

Dollar to naira exchange rate for Monday, October 24, 2021

Data from FMDQ securities exchange windows, where forex is officially traded, showed that naira exchanged hands with the foreign currency at N415.07 to a dollar on Monday, October 24, 2021. The same rate it exchanged in the past two sessions (Thursday and Friday) last week.

At the black market in Uyo, dealers said they exchanged dollar to naira at N560.00, as against the N565.00 it exchanged last week’s Friday.

“Dealers here are skeptical of buying the dollar due to the launch of the eNaira, they don’t want to buy and lose,” a dealer who does not want his name mentioned, was quoted as saying.

While at Abuja, dealers exchanged dollar to naira at the rate of N568.00.

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