Minister for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, her Works and Housing counterpart, Babatunde Fashola, are among dignitaries expected the 2021 edition of Budget Seminar, hosted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC Nigeria).
This year’s edition, th the fifth in the series, with the theme: “Financing Nigeria’s Budget and Infrastructure Deficits through the Capital Market,” will hold virtually on March 11, 2021.
While Mrs. Ahmed will be guest of honour, Fashola will be on the panel, along side Directors-General, National Pension Commission, Mrs. Aisha Dahir-Umar; Patience Oniha, Debt Management Office; and Chidi Izuwah, Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission. Others are Uche Orji, Chief Executive, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority; and Prof. Adeola Adenikinju, Director, Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law, University of Ibadan, who is also a member of the Central Bank of Nigeria Monetary Policy Committee.
Other Panelists include Oscar Onyema, MD/CEO, Nigerian Stock Exchange; Samaila Zubairu, President/CEO, African Finance Corporation; Olumide Oyetan, MD/CEO, Stanbic IBTC Pensions Managers; Chinua Azubike, MD/CEO, InfraCredit; and Prof. Bright Eregha, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos
While the Seminar presenter is Dr. Afolabi Olowookere, Head Economic Research of the SEC; the Moderators are Ben Akabueze; DG, Budget Office of the Federation; and Bolaji Balogun, CEO, Chapel Hill Denham Limited
The seminar, according to a statement by the SEC, will bring together experts with professional, policy and academic background in order to deliberate extensively on how the capital market can aid the flow of private capital to address Nigeria’s budget and infrastructure deficits in a sustainable manner.
The Commission’s Budget Seminar Series has been established as a forum for evaluating the connection between the Nigerian capital market and the annual Federal Government Budget. A major aim is to identify how the capital market can contribute to and in turn benefit from the budget and its implementation.
In addition to equiping participants, a communique will be presented as the capital market inputs to the appropriate government and private institutions.