Monday, January 21, 2019 8.00AM / SEC Nigeria
The Securities and Exchange Commission has restated its commitment to partner with relevant government agencies and the private sector to attract more investments to the country in a bid to further boost the economy.
Acting Director General of the SEC, Ms. Mary Uduk stated this in Abuja when she received the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) Ms. Yewande Sidiku in Abuja.
Uduk said that it is in furtherance of its objectives of attracting more investors to the capital market that the SEC is poised to revitalize the commodities exchange market among other initiatives.
“There are opportunities in the Commodities market and we need to scale up participation in that regard to attract investors. And we will require the collaboration of the NIPC in that regard as the direct investors you are seeking to attract
“Various opportunities abound in the capital market for both individuals and government and that is why we are exploring avenues to attract states to come to the market and raise funds for infrastructural projects. We are happy to partner with you to make the market and the country richer and better” Uduk said.
In her remarks, the NIPC ES, Yewande Sidiku said the Commission is committed to ensuring that the nation has the required business climate to attract both foreign investors and Nigerians in the diaspora.
She said the Commission is visiting different states to explore investment opportunities and also looking at some investments that were started by states but are now moribund and find ways to revitalize them.
“There are many investment opportunities in the states and what we have done now is to design a platform for profiling such investment opportunities. Part of the strategy is to enlighten the state officials as it is important that the states are ready for the investors” Sidiku stated.
She said the mandate of the Commission is to encourage investors to come and that is why incentives are being put in place to make it easier for them to come.
“The work that we do is connected to the work of the SEC, we encourage investors to come while the SEC is here to protect the investors and that is why we need to collaborate. We are happy to work with the SEC to further grow our economy.