The naira has dropped to N748 per dollar at the parallel section of the foreign exchange (FX) market, popularly called the black or street market.
The figure represents a depreciation of N8 or 1.1 percent from the N740 it traded two weeks ago.
Speaking to TheCable on Friday morning, Bureaux De Change (BDC) operators in the Victoria Island area of Lagos said there has been an increase in demand for the greenback by importers at the street market.
Naira Depreciates At Parallel Market Amid Increased Demand
They put the buying price of the dollar at N740 and the selling price at N748, leaving an N8 profit margin.
“Demand for dollars is better now. We are selling well,” a currency trader told TheCable.
At the investors and exporters (I&E) forex window, the local currency appreciated by 0.06 percent to close at N462.73 on Thursday, according to details on FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange — a platform where FX is officially traded.
The data also showed that forex worth $164.12 million were transacted among market dealers.