The slash came 24 hours after the CBN directive to banks in the country to sell foreign exchange obtained from it to end-users at not more than N360 to a dollar for invisibles such as school fees and medicals.
The CBN Acting Director of Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor in a statement, said that the CBN, under the new policy, will sell forex to the licensed BDCs at the rate of N360 while they will in turn sell to customers at a rate not more than N362 to a dollar.
The objective of the new forex sale policy according to Okorafor was to ensure a convergence of the rates in the interbank and BDC, stressing that the CBN will see to it that there is transparency in the market as well as fairness to end-users, many of who hitherto experienced challenges in accessing foreign exchange.
He therefore urged licensed BDCs to play by the rule, cautioning that the CBN would not hesitate to sanction any erring dealer.
Meanwhile, the CBN spokesman also disclosed to newsmen that $100 million dollars offered to authorised FOREX dealers in the interbank wholesale window to meet the requests of genuine wholesale customers was fully subscribed at the auction on Tuesday, NAN reports.
Okorafor reiterated his call to all stakeholders to play their respective roles in ensuring a smooth running of the foreign exchange market for the benefit of the Nigerian economy.
The Dollar seems to have stabilised at N370 to a dollar at the black market in Abuja.
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