Non-remittance of dollars to foreign reserves by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is responsible for naira’s free fall in the official and parallel markets, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said.
As at the close of work yesterday, the naira traded for N700/$1 at the parallel market and N415.96/$1 at the official market.
The CBN explanation was given in report that was released yesterday.
NNPC and its subsidiaries are the sole managers of crude oil which accounts for more than 80 per cent of Nigeria’s Foreign Exchange (forex) earnings.
On Tuesday, an abridged communique of the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) showed that the Excess Crude Account (ECA) shrank to $376,655.09 from $35.377 million in May.