The CEO of Nigerian Exchange Limited, Mr. Temi Popoola, has affirmed that NGX is fully poised to lend its support to the federal government’s objectives.
This assertion comes in the wake of President Bola Tinubu’s ceremonial ringing of the Closing Bell at NASDAQ Exchange in New York last week,
Popoola stated that NGX aims to achieve this by mobilising capital, which will address government challenges and foster wealth creation for Nigerians.
Popoola, speaking on the sidelines of the Roadshow to BBC in London, highlighted the privatisation initiatives in the telecommunications sector as a compelling illustration of this concept.
He pointed out that Tinubu’s administration, presently engaged in tax reforms to boost revenue, can harness the potential of the capital market to create value and simultaneously achieve its objectives while delivering returns to investors.
As part of ongoing endeavours to attract foreign investors to the Nigerian economy, the Minister of Finance and the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr. Wale Edun ceremonially rang the Opening Bell at the London Stock Exchange to spotlight the London arm of the Roadshow. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, foreign investment in Nigeria has experienced a significant decline, mirroring the trend observed in other emerging economies during the same period.
NGX CEO added that “what we are trying to achieve is to emphasise to investors that Nigeria is open for business and also reinforce that the enormity of the challenges are clear and work has begun to address all the issues. Whether capital inflows or foreign exchange illiquidity, NGX remains a veritable platform for solving these economic challenges.”
According to Popoola, encouraging listings can also address government’s problems including tax revenues, and create value for shareholders as listed companies have better governance and are more accountable with tax payment.