Forex crisis: NNPCL secures $3bn loan to stabilise naira


The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited has acquired a $3 billion crude repayment loan to strengthen the naira and stabilize the foreign currency market, according to a short statement released on the company’s official account on X (previously known as Twitter) on Wednesday.

According to the announcement, the oil business obtained the cash from the African Export-Import Bank headquarters in Cairo.

The facility would offer some immediate disbursement, allowing the NNPC Ltd to assist the Federal Government in its ongoing fiscal and monetary policy measures intended at stabilizing the exchange rate market.

“The NNPC Ltd. and AFREXIM bank have jointly signed a commitment letter and Termsheet for an emergency $3 billion crude oil repayment loan,” NNPCL said in a terse statement on Wednesday.

“The signing, which took place today at the bank’s headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, will provide some immediate disbursement that will enable the NNPC Ltd. to support the Federal Government in its ongoing fiscal and monetary policy reforms aimed at stabilising the exchange rate market,” it added.

The move followed the announcement by the Central Bank of Nigeria that it had secured the President’s directive to stabilise the Naira.

The Acting Governor of the apex bank, Folashodun Shonubi in an interview with State House reporters had said the volatility of the naira in the parallel market was not solely driven by economic factors, but also speculative demand.

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