External reserves drop by $80m – CBN

ABUJA: The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced that the nation’s external reserve has dropped by 80 million dollars (about N12.4 billion).

The drop, reported on the bank’s website last weekend represented a 2.81 per cent decrease.  With this drop, the nation’s external reserves now stand at 44.26 billion dollars from 44.34 billion dollars reported on Dec. 24, 2012.

CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi said The nation’s external reserves have been growing since August, but started declining on Dec. 10, 2012.

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, has stressed the need for Nigeria to shore up its external reserves.

Okonjo-Iweala, at a meeting with the Organized Private Sector in July, said that there was the need to build up the reserves to 50 billion dollars before the end of December. She said that high external reserves would help the country in the event of any economic recession.

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