By Ossom Raphael
The Central Bank of Nigeria, has said it has resumed the provision of foreign exchange to all commercial banks for onward sales to parents wishing to pay schools fees and SMEs wishing to make essential imports needed to revamp economic activities across the country as the federal government begins gradual easing of the COVID-19 lockdown.
The Apex Bank said is resuming the provision of over US$100 million per week for both categories.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Director, corporate communications, Central Bank of Nigeria, Isaac Okorafor, on Wednesday in Abuja.
In the statment, CBN also made complete arrangements to resume foreign exchange sales to the BDC segment of the market for business travels, personal travels, and other designated retail uses, as soon as international flights resume.
The statment reads. “with these actions, the CBN wishes to reiterate that it is adequately meeting the needs of all legitimate users, and our continued capacity to do so should not be in doubt. There is therefore no need for panic by any end-user that could necessitate recourse to illegitimate sources and spike in foreign exchange rates.
“Given this, the Bank has ramped up its surveillance of the foreign exchange markets for speculators, smugglers and other illegal users, and will take decisive actions against anyone/institutions involved in such nefarious activities”.