Investors oversubscribe CBN N1t OMO bills

Investors oversubscribe CBN N1t OMO bills

The Central Bank of Nigeria on March 1, 2024 successfully concluded a sale of government securities, issuing N1.053 trillion ($680 million) in short-term instruments as part of its liquidity management exercise.

The CBN offered an oversubscribed N500 billion at the Open Market Operations auction, selling N1.053 trillion.

Foreign investors accounted for 79 percent of the total bids, or the equivalent of $530 million.

Friday’s auction was the first since the CBN’s Monetary Policy Committee meeting, which was followed by a virtual meeting with foreign portfolio investors.

The CBN Governor, Olayemi Cardoso, used both meetings to set a detailed strategy to curb inflation, stabilise the exchange rate, and spur confidence in the banking system and economy.

Cardoso further highlighted in the meeting with investors an outlook for sustained increases in the CBN’s foreign currency reserves, improved liquidity in the foreign exchange market, and imminent settlement of the remaining backlog of genuine Foreign Exchange transactions by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

He said: “The CBN is committed to supporting price stability by taking the necessary measures to increase liquidity in the foreign exchange markets sustainably.

Speaking with journalists in Abuja at the weekend, the Bank’s Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Hakama Sidi Ali, said the development underscored the level of confidence that the Bank now enjoyed from investors.

Ali also said the Management of the CBN was optimistic that its monetary policy measures were beginning to yield positive results.

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