Stronger Naira possible by Q1 2025, says Presidency

Presidency says a stronger Naira should be achieved by the first quarter of 2025 following the successes recorded by President Bola Tinubu administration’s intervention in the foreign exchange market and resumption of full operations by the refineries.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, who made the projection in a brief to State House Correspondents in Abuja on Thursday, said the policy revitalisation in the foreign exchange market is aimed at strengthening the Naira in currency markets.

But Ngelale noted that the recent successes in foreign exchange market are not enough for the nation to rest the policies and other efforts to strengthen the Naira.

He further noted with the various refineries, public and privately-owned, resuming full operations and capacity between now and the first quarter of 2025, the position of the Naira should become stronger and reflect on prices of market commodities.

He said, “The President has been very consistent in his view that the labour pains felt by our people and the incredible sacrifices made by our people over the past 10 months would be rewarded across the board.

“The President’s multi-faceted approach to ridding the nation’s foreign exchange market of malign actors and sharp practices have provided a platform for the sustainable strengthening of our national currency against all global currencies and this is what we are seeing.

“But there is still much work to be done and this is not a time for celebration. It is a time for doubling down and working harder to ensure that inflation is sustainably brought down in short order and that consumer protecting regulatory agencies step up enforcement to ensure that our people are not short-changed by enterprises that fail to reflect the prevailing exchange rates on the pricing of goods and services across the board.

“As our private and publicly-owned refineries resume operations between now and the first quarter of 2025, the nation’s cash position will dramatically improve to the extent that Nigerians can rightly expect a stronger Naira and a fair reflection of its strength in the prices of commodities in the market place.

“Once you join the rising spending power of Africa’s population with the historic availability of trillions of naira for consumer credit that will bolster the real sector, you will see why Nigerians will be most pleased that they elected a financial engineer and businessman as president by the end of his first term in office, even as the signs are increasingly more evident today.”

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