SEC, NGX Advance Digital Solution to Ease Capital Market Investment

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has expressed that it will continue to partner with the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited to speed up the digitalisation of the capital market following the window of opportunity provided by the recapitalisation exercise of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

This is as the NGX introduced an innovative digital solution for the capital raising process in the market with a focus on public offers and rights issues.

The CBN in March 2024 announced an upward review of the minimum capital requirements for commercial, merchant, and non-interest banks in Nigeria aimed at strengthening the Nigerian financial system and
expressly noted as part of the federal government’s objective to achieve a $1 trillion economy in gross domestic product (GDP) terms by 2030.

Some of these financial institutions have taken to raise additional funds at the Nigerian capital market and this necessitated the presence of the Director General of the SEC, Mr Emomotimi Agama at a stakeholder engagement and press briefing held in Lagos on Wednesday on an electronic offering platform to ease the process of investing.

Speaking at the event, Mr Agama said the NGX initiative was welcome as it would allow investors to invest seamlessly in the quickest, possible time and bring the teeming Generation Z population into the investing pool.

“This digital transformation initiative is a testament to our shared commitment to fostering an innovative, efficient, and reliable capital market, embedded in the Capital Market Masterplan.

“By leveraging technology, we can attract the younger generation of investors, enhance regulatory oversight and create a world-class market. This digitisation will play a crucial role in setting a new standard for capital raising in Nigeria and enable the capital market to support the achievement of the $1 trillion economy target of the current administration,” he said.

The SEC DG also added that the digitalisation of the process will help unbundle the worrying issue of unclaimed dividends in the capital market.

On his part, Mr Temi Popoola, the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, explained the platform is designed to increase retail engagement in the capital market, enhance financial inclusion, and expand the available capital pool.

“This platform marks a pivotal moment in the evolution of the Nigerian capital market. With the support of the regulator and our stakeholders, we have developed an end-to-end digitised market infrastructure platform for distributing financial products, in this case, public offers and rights issues.

“I can assure the investing public that robust payment systems, comprehensive Know Your Customer (KYC) protocols and strong fraud and risk management measures are fully integrated, also ensuring standard capital market intermediation is upheld without compromise.”

He said the fact that the process was coming at a crucial time for banks as it would necessitate bringing more investors into the capital market.

He also reiterated that the platform would not eliminate any of its market intermediaries like stockbroking firms and issuers, but would only serve to digitise the end-to-end process and eliminate the use of papers from the market.

Mr Popoola also clarified during the engagement that the solution is awaiting approval from the SEC, to which Mr Agama said will be provided in due course.


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