BY CHINYERE OBIORA, LAGOS – The House of Representatives Committee on Capital Markets and other Institutions has assured the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of continuous support by way of enabling laws to engender sustainable growth in the nation’s capital market.
Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Babangida Ibrahim, said issues with the coronavirus (COVID-19) currently facing the nation have made capital market a viable option to explore in rescuing the economy from collapse.
Speaking during the House Committee’s meeting with the new Management of the SEC in Abuja, Ibrahim said the National Assembly (NASS) is ready to work with the SEC in ensuring that the processes in the capital market are easy and fluid enough to allow free entry and exit to investors.
He said; “The meeting with the new Management of the SEC has been very fruitful. We had discussions on some of the challenges that the market is presently facing. We have all agreed that there is need to work together to substantially reduce these challenges. These challenges include policy issues, legislative issues and can also be operational issues.
“But what is important is that we have all agreed that there is need to look inwards to see how best we can boost confidence in the market and to also make sure that the process of investing in the capital market is as simple as possible.
The Committee chairman further assured; “We want to see at the end of the day that there is easy entry and exit and that the processes are as simple as possible. People should be able to buy and sell at their convenience without any complexity in the process. You can invest in the market today and decide to divest tomorrow, you get your little profit and move on.
“We all agreed that these type of discussions will be as regular as possible. We will continue to exchange ídeas; be honest and sincere in our approach to ensure that we bring a new lease of life to the Nigerian capital market”
Hon Ibrahim therefore urged investors to be patient with SEC as it addresses issues meant at further boosting confidence in the market, adding that NASS will constantly note key areas that require amendments in the laws and policies, especially in adjusting and changing procedurres among others areas.
“We wish to tell investors that they should continue to be patient with us as we work out these issues to boost their confidence. We are aware of their plight especially their experiences in the recent past, but we will do our best to restore confidence in the market.
“We want to assure investors that with the new Management we have now at the SEC, we are going to take the capital market to the next level”, he said.
Earlier in his remarks, Director General of SEC, Mr Lamido Yuguda praised the lawmakers for their interest and commitment in making the capital market transparent and more investor friendly.
According to him, “This committee is very important to us at the SEC. We have had very useful discussions with the Chairman and he has assured the SEC of the co-operation and support of this committee as we set out to discharge our responsibilities.”
“The National Assembly and the SEC are very passionate about the same things like investor protection and making the capital market processes less cumbersome so that investors can access their monies more readily that it is at the moment.
“We hope to work together to achieve a capital market that we would all be proud of”, Yuguda assured.