In its determination to address the backlog of verified foreign exchange liabilities, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has injected $500 million into the economy.
The new injection comes barely a week after the apex bank paid approximately $2 billion to settle outstanding commitments across manufacturing, aviation, and petroleum sectors.
CBN’s Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Hakama Sidi-Ali, confirmed the disbursement in a statement on Monday, January 29, 2024.
Sidi-Ali said the management of the CBN was committed to settling all legitimate foreign exchange backlogs within a short time frame.
She said the CBN had begun implementing a comprehensive strategy to improve liquidity in the Nigerian foreign exchange markets in the short, medium, and long terms.
“As the Governor said, the CBN’s focus is on addressing fundamental issues that have hindered the effective operation of the Nigerian FX markets over the years,” the spokesperson for the apex bank noted.
Sidi-Ali said that the forex market reforms were designed to streamline and unify multiple exchange rates, foster transparency, and reduce arbitrage opportunities.
She expressed confidence that a stable exchange rate would boost investor confidence and attract foreign investment.
She urged all participants in the market to play by the rules, adding that transparency in the market would enable the fair determination of exchange rates.
The CBN had over the past few months released various sums in its effort to clear the backlog of foreign exchange liabilities.