Reverse Ban On Dollar Sale To BDC Operators, Employees Beg New CBN Governor, Cardoso


Employees of Bureau de Change in Nigeria have appealed to the new management of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN under the leadership of Dr. Olayemi Michael Cardoso to reverse the suspension of foreign exchange, forex sale to Bureau de Change operators placed by the former CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele on July 27, 2021.

The employees in a statement made available to Primetime Reporters on Sunday recalled that for over 26 months that the pronouncement was made, the BDCs had not generated any income or revenue to service their operation.

The statement noted that their technical exclusion of the BDCs was the major cause of instability of exchange rate and the wide margin between the I&E and Black/Parallel market rates.

It added that BDC operators had paid N500,000 each to renew their license with CBN for 2022 and 2023 yet were incapacitated as a result of the ban.

Noting that BDCs were prohibited from operating in the black or parallel market thus were not the ones trading on the streets, the statement said “BDCs office addresses are reflected in CBN website.”

It therefore appealed to the new CBN Governor, Dr. Olayemi Michael Cardoso to save the BDC employees from further hardship and resume Forex sale to BDCs.

It will be recalled that system the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, had on July 27, 2021 announced the immediate discontinuance of foreign currencies sale to Bureau de Change, BDC operators in Nigeria in a bid to achieve its mandate of safeguarding the value of the Naira, ensuring financial system stability and shoring up external reserves.

In addition, the CBN had also suspended the applications for and issuance of new licenses for BDC operations in the country effective July 29, 2021. These measures were announced during the press briefing at the end of the 280th Monetary Policy Committee, MPC meeting on July 28, 2021.

The former CBN Governor explained that the suspension of the sale of FX was consistent with the provisions of CBN Act 2007 (as amended), which grants the Bank the mandate to ensure the maintenance of the country’s foreign reserves as well as the stability of exchange rates.

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  1. For Naira to be strong in Nigeria foreign currency open market should be abolished and allowed bank only to handle foreign exchange

  2. They are begging him to reverse the ban so they can continue their sharp practices.
    It’s only in a wicked country like Nigeria where Govt spend money to acquire a foreign currency that’s no legal tender in the country only to distribute to Lazy currency hawkers on the street to resale to its citizens.
    What happens to our banks handling the forex? Because the corrupt Govt officials like ex GMD of NNPC would not see dollars to buy illegally to stash their bribery and corruption largees and contract kickbacks. In South Afruca, average citizens dint know the colour of dollars because it’s of no use to them…even when travelling your bank can sell travel wallet with temporary visa or master card that can be used in every country to you. You dont need cash dollars or euro.
    Nigeria wake up and fight corruption before corruption kills us all.
    Dolllarization of the country is evil and corruption at its peak.

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