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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said it has concluded a sale of government securities, issuing N1.053 Trillion (US$680 million) in short-term instruments as part of its liquidity management exercise.

This was disclosed by the apex bank’s Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Hakama Sidi in a statement.

According to Sidi, CBN’s N500 billion-offer at the Open Market Operations (OMO) auction was oversubscribed after selling N1.053 trillion, with 79 per cent of the total bids, or the equivalent of 530 million dollars coming from foreign investors.

The auction was the first since last week’s Monetary Policy Committee, MPC, meeting, which was followed by a virtual meeting with foreign portfolio investors.

Speaking further in the statement, Mrs Sidi noted that the CBN Governor, Olayemi Cardoso, used both meetings to set a detailed strategy to curb inflation, stabilise the exchange rate and spur confidence in the banking system and the economy.

She said that the development underscored the level of confidence the apex bank now enjoyed from investors, adding that the management of CBN was optimistic that its monetary policy measures were beginning to yield positive results.

Meanwhile, Mr Cardoso highlighted in the meeting with investors an outlook for sustained increase in the CBN’s foreign currency reserves.

He assured them of improved liquidity in the foreign exchange market and imminent settlement of the remaining backlog of genuine foreign exchange transactions.

“The CBN is committed to supporting price stability by taking the necessary measures to increase liquidity in the foreign exchange markets sustainably.

“Our focus is on building a fully functioning market that allows smooth entry and exit for investors,” he said.

 

 

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