Former deputy governor of the Central Financial institution of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafia has said that the choice of the apex financial institution to cease gross sales of overseas change (FX) to Bureau De Change (BDCs) operators could worsen naira worth.
He said this in an interview with ThePunch on Wednesday.
Mailafia said that extra warning is required because the apex financial institution’s resolution could worsen the Naira worth.
The previous CBN deputy governor warned towards shortage of overseas change because of bureaucratic processes within the business banks.
“If we’re not cautious, that call will truly worsen the naira worth as a result of the BDCs, you possibly can stroll into any of them anyplace and inside 5 minutes, they are going to attend to you however the banks, you must drive to your nearest financial institution, you must queue more often than not,” he stated.
“The CBN has not advised us the speed, the banks will wish to make a revenue over the official charge, we don’t know whether or not they are going to make an honest revenue or they are going to profiteer.
“Bankers had been the most important specialists in round-tripping. Outdated habits, I don’t assume they modify. Leopards are not possible to vary their spots.
“So, we could find yourself in a situation the place there may be shortage and the easy economics of demand and provide tells you that the place there may be improve shortage, value is more likely to shoot up.
“If financial institution forms makes it troublesome for individuals to entry greenback, what it means is that the bureaucracies, obstacles and bottlenecks are more likely to put stress on provide and stress on provide could imply a rise in demand for the greenback and larger fall of the naira, if we don’t play the playing cards effectively.”
Mailafia added that business banks in Nigeria can’t be trusted with the gross sales of foreign exchange.
He said that the banks will prioritise their pursuits and solely make out there to the general public no matter is left.