West Africa

Nigeria naira slides past 500/dlr on black market, trading volumes drop

PUBLISHED: Mon, 07 Jun 2021 16:01:55 GMT

Chijioke Ohuocha


ABUJA, June 7 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s naira slid past 500 per dollar on the black market on Monday to a more than 3-1/2-year low, two weeks after the country devalued its official exchange rate.

Trading volumes fell 14.49% last week to $1.07 billion across the currency markets, data from exchange regulator FMDQ Securities Exchange showed on Monday, citing a decrease in spot market turnover.

The central bank in May abandoned its official rate of 380 naira, which it had held since July last year, in an attempt to unify its numerous exchange rates.

The naira traded at 412 to the dollar on the spot market on Monday and hit 502 naira on the black market as dollar liquidity declined across the currency markets.

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