Nigeria’s external reserves fell by $841.75m between July and September, figures obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria revealed.
The CBN revealed in its report on the movement of external reserves that the reserves, which stood at $34.07bn as of July 7, 2023, fell to $33.23bn as of October 5, 2023.
External reserves fell by $2.85bn in the first half of 2023 due to external debt finance among other challenges, figures obtained from the CBN showed.
The CBN had earlier revealed that the reserves which commenced January 3, 2023, at $37.07bn fell to $34.22bn as of the end of June 26, 2023.
According to personal statements released by the CBN by Monetary Policy Committee members, as of July, accretion to external reserves remained weak while foreign exchange demand pressures persisted.
Former acting Governor, CBN, Folashodun Shonubi, had stated that, “Eventual stability of the foreign exchange market over the medium-term, will further help to achieve price stability.
“Besides, the recent removal of subsidy could have a favourable effect on price stability as increased crude oil receipts by the government will bolster reserves, engender exchange rate stability, and help to moderate inflation.”