Uche Usim, Abuja
A data from Central Bank of Nigeria has shown that Nigeria’s foreign reserves dropped from $41,765,381,999 to $40,500,856,853 between October 2-30.
In broader analysis, the drop shows an average loss of $43,604,660 daily.
The highest drop recorded between October 4-7 where there was a drop of $190.3 million; October 11-14 with a drop of $149.18 million and October 18-24 with a drop of $115.4 million.
The Lead Director, Centre for Social Justice, Eze Onyekpere told Daily Sun that a reduction in foreign reserves could stem from various factors like a retardation in foreign direct investments, crash in oil prices, exceptional purchases demanding higher foreign exchange, debt servicing obligations, among others.
However, the CBN, in its robust interventions released various loans to local farmers cultivating various commodities to meet domestic demand and possibly export them.
Some of the commodities are rice, oil palm, cotton, machinery and others.
More so, it has sustained its intervention in the foreign exchange market.
According to the second quarter capital importation report released by the National Bureau of Statistics, FDI inflows dropped by 31.41% from $8.48 billion recorded in the first quarter to $5.82 billion.
Experts reckon that the aforementioned dates where the highest reductions were recorded could be short-term treasury bills that matured within the period that required repayments to the investors.