Relevant stakeholders have been urged to co-operate with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in its desire to help bridge the infrastructure gap in the country.
The director-general of SEC, Mr. Lamido Yuguda stated this during a meeting with the new executives of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS) in Abuja.
Yuguda said the capital market is capable of attracting finance that would assist the nation bridge the current infrastructure deficiency.
According to him, we have huge infrastructural deficit in the country like insufficient power, lack of good roads among others. We want our country to have good infrastructure and I know this is possible with the help of the capital market and other stakeholders.
“It requires adequate planning and financing and we can achieve it as a nation. The capital market through the private sector can fund road construction while government focuses on other issues.”
The SEC DG however stated that for the capital market to attain full potentials, all stakeholders need to ensure they carry out their functions with integrity and fairness in a bid to restore investor confidence.
He commended the new leadership of CIS and assured them of the support of the Management of the Commission for a successful tenure.
Yuguda acknowledged CIS as a key partner in the Commission’s regulation of the market, assuring that the SEC would continue to provide the needed support.
He stated that derivatives trading has commenced for people who want to manage their risk adding that the SEC is working to increase the literacy of Nigerians so they can take better decisions.
Also, the president of CIS, Oluwole Adeosun commended the SEC for the relationship that exists between the Commission and the Institute and thanked the management for always supporting the CIS.
The former president of CIS, Olatunde Amolegbe thanked the DG for the efforts the management has been making to support the CIS, adding that the Institute has been able to function effectively due to the support of the SEC.
He assured that the CIS bill which is current before the National Assembly will get to the final ending and assented to, adding that the bill will stand as a testimony of the quality of leadership that the SEC has brought to this market.