CEM REPORT | Hanke’s Currency Watchlist has placed the Nigerian Naira as the 11th worst-performing currency against the US dollar.
The data which details the strength of several currencies between January 2022 and September 2, 2022, reveals that the Naira had lost 48.87% of its value against the US dollars compared to its value two years ago.
Fellow West African currency, the Ghanaian Cedi ranked two steps below the naira to stand at 13th losing 42.57% of its strength within the comparison window while Sierra Leonean Leone lost 31.77%.
The data also reveals that the Venezuelan Bolivar was the worst-performing currency with a depreciation rate of 99.39% while, the Zimbabwean RTGS dollar, which has lost 99.33% of its value against the US dollar, is the second worst-performing currency in the world.
Steve H. Hanke who is a professor of Applied Economics expressed his displeasure about how the Nigerian government is handling the Naira.
He said “In this week’s Hanke’s #CurrencyWatchlist, Nigeria takes the 11th place. The naira has depreciated against the USD by 48.87% since Jan 2020. With Sleepy Buhari at the helm, the Nigerian naira is tanking.”
The exchange rate between the naira and the US dollar has plummeted from N565/$1 to over N700/$1, representing an over N140/$ loss in the black market.
However, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has maintained artificial stability in the official forex window by selling foreign exchange from its reserves. The official exchange trades at around N430/$, expanding the gap between the official market and the black market.
International organizations have continually advised the CBN to abolish the official window; recently the World Bank Group President, David Malpass in a meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo of the Federal Republic of Nigeria advised Nigeria on exchange rate unification.
President Malpass emphasized to Vice President Osinbajo that a unified exchange rate will significantly improve the business-enabling environment in Nigeria, attract foreign direct investment, and reduce inflation. President Malpass and Vice President Osinbajo also discussed the importance of increasing domestic revenues through broadening Nigeria’s tax base and increasing the efficiency of tax administration.