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Naira crashes again in major market segments

The naira on Friday depreciated further against the dollar, pound sterling and the euro in all segments of the market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports.

At the parallel market, the naira shed three points to exchange at N378 to the dollar at the close of trading on Friday afternoon, against N375 it closed with on Thursday, representing a depreciation of 0.8 per cent.

It also weakened further against the pound sterling and the euro as it exchanged at N487 and N405 respectively against N485 and N405 it traded respectively on Thursday.

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However, the Nigerian currency maintained losses at N375, N485 and N405 respectively against the dollar, pound sterling and the euro at the Bureau de Change segment of the market.

The naira also performed poorly at the interbank window as it crashed further to N307.98 to a dollar from N295.38 it traded on Thursday.

Currency traders expressed worry over the extension of losses of the naira against other currencies in nearly all the segments of the foreign exchange market.

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They, however, called on the Central Bank of Nigeria to urgently intervene in the market to save the naira from further crash.

NAN recalls that the CBN, on June 20, began implementation of flexible exchange rate policy which many analysts hailed as the magic wand that would shore up the value of the naira.

Four weeks into its implementation, the naira appeared lonely in the face of its trial by macro-economic elements as forces beyond it seemed bent on prolonging its trial.

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Stakeholders count on the Monetary Policy Committee meeting of the Central Bank of Nigeria holding next week to pull the right monetary policy lever needed to salvage the naira.

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