CBN Suspends Sales of FOREX to Bureau De Change Operators


CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele


The sales of forex to the Bureau De Change(BDC) operators in the country has been suspended with immediate effect, by the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN).

The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, disclosed this after the Monetary Policy Committee two-day meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.

On the decision to stop forex sales to the BDCs, he said, the MPC noted with disappointment and great concerns that the BDCs had defeated their purpose of existence to provide forex to retail user, but instead, they had become wholesale and illegal dealers.

The BDCs, he observed had continued to make huge profits while Nigerians suffered in pain.He said the commercial banks would be monitored to provide forex for the legitimate use of Nigerians.

“The Central Bank will henceforth discontinue the sale of forex to Bureau de Change operators,” Emefiele said.

The MPC also retained the Monetary Policy Rate at 11.5 per cent at the end of the meeting.

It also retained the Cash Reserve Ratio and Liquidity Ratio at 27.5 per cent and 30 per cent respectively.