Dr Tope Fasua, a special adviser to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has projected that the naira may strengthen further to exchange at N600/$1 in the foreign exchange market.
Fasua, representing the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, disclosed this at the “Cowries to Cash” lecture and lunch in Abuja on Tuesday.
He cautioned Nigerians against hoarding foreign currencies, hoping that the local currency would continue to fall, warning that the government’s policies would shock them.
Fasua noted that there would be some tectonic reorganisation of the banking sector to make the naira more stable and stronger.
He said: “For those speculating, praying, and wishing that the currency would become nonsense, I believe that the Central Bank is rolling out the policies and the government that I serve, led by the President, will shock some of them.
“You need to listen to the agenda, the man himself (Tinubu), and you will see that the level at which he is thinking is far ahead of most of us.
“You know, he has some very great ideas coming up. Some of them are what you’ve seen reversing the fall in the value of the naira, but he has also challenged us to review forward many of the targets, for example, the idea that Nigeria’s economy will get to a trillion dollars. He wants to achieve it by 2026.
“Some people thought that the naira would continue to lose value. Of course, we can already see what’s going on and who knows, maybe the naira will strengthen even further to something like N500 or N600/$1.”