Nigeria’s Currency Rate depreciates by 10.6% for 49 years –  IMF

Nigeria’s Currency Rate depreciates by 10.6% for 49 years – IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that the Nigerian currency rate has depreciated by 10.

6% per year since 1973.

This is according to data analyzed by the IMF and revealed in the “Nigeria: Selected Issues Paper” study.

“For almost 49 years, the Nigerian currency has been on a consistent downward trend.

“Although the Naira’s freefall observed last year appears to have come to an end, a glance at the previous era suggests that we should be concerned,” the report observed.

Nigeria currently operates a managed exchange rate region, where the exchange rate between the Naira and the US dollar trades at N416.

25/$1 at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window.

The Investors and Exporters (I&E) window is where forex is traded officially.

However, the exchange rate at the parallel market trades at N575/$1, showing a difference of N158.


The International Monetary Fund stated that Nigeria’s currency depreciation is far above similar economics.

“Exchange rate underwent more persistent depreciation.

“Nigeria’s long-term rate of currency deprecation (on average 10.

6 percent annually since 1973) was 1.

5 times higher than both EMDE (7.

2 percent) and SSA (7 percent).

“Given limited availability of long-term data, it is difficult to estimate the exact reasons.

Source: Nairametrics
Nigeria’s Currency Rate depreciates by 10.

6% for 49 years – IMF