June 24, 2024

Manufacturers Brace for Price Hikes as Naira Continues to Fall Against Dollar


By: Ogunleye Oluwapelumi


Manufacturers have predicted fresh hikes in the prices of commodities in the market to rise in response to the continued fall of the naira against the United States dollar.


On Friday, the naira plunged to N1,420/$ at the parallel window of the foreign exchange market.


The President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Francis Meshioye, on Saturday told The punch that the naira, which has now remained at over N1,400 in the parallel market for two days, would lead to price hikes in the economy.


He said, “It is not possible to remain profitable with this exchange rate. The first challenge is breaking even. It means the prices of things will be higher, and the income is not there for people to buy things as they should buy as things become more expensive.


“So, the demand will become low, and this will affect our bottom-line. The break-even point will become critical. So, what businesses should do is to ensure that they break even at this time. It is a critical and very challenging time for us.”


Meshioye predicted that these price hikes were unlikely to resonate well with consumers whose spending power has been continuously depleted.


According to him, the frequent fluctuations in the forex market have made it difficult for manufacturers to make long-term plans.

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