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Clampdown On BDC Operators Will Worsen Forex Situation, Says Obi

The EFCC conducted raids against illegal Bureau De Change (BDC) operators in parts of the country on February 21, 2024.


File photo of LP’s Peter Obi.

 

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 polls, Peter Obi, has described as ill-advised and wrongly directed the reported clampdown on Bureau De Change (BDCs) operators by government agencies.

In a post on X, the former Anambra State governor said the action would worsen the country’s exchange rate situation and not alleviate the issue, stressing that BDCs are not the primary suppliers of forex.

“The recent reported attacks and disruption of the business activities of  Bureaux de Change (BDCs) operators in different urban centers across the country by Government Agencies, are ill-advised and wrongly directed,” Obi said.

“Rather than solve the problem, the action will further escalate and worsen the exchange rate situation in the country.

“The BDCs are not the primary suppliers of forex nor do they create demand. They only provide a market to sellers and buyers of foreign currency.”

He said the BDC operators are a ubiquitous presence in all economies, including the world’s most developed countries.

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“To think that the BDCs are the cause of the declining value of the Naira is a smack on rational economic thinking,” he said.

“The only way to shore up the value of our currency is to move the country from consumption to production, especially export-led production, and fight corruption, which allows unproductive money to pursue the available supply of foreign currency.

“As long as Nigeria remains an unproductive economy and corruption continues unfettered with people in possession of unproductive excess cash, the value of our currency will continue to depreciate.”

According to him, it is critical that government officials appropriately comprehend how a modern economy functions and direct their efforts accordingly.

Obi’s remarks come four days after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) conducted raids against illegal Bureau De Change (BDC) operators in parts of the country on February 21, 2024.