Acting Director-General of the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), Ms. Mary Uduk, on Thursday urged Nigerian workers to join the league of wealth creators by saving for a secured retirement by investing in the Nigerian capital market.
In a goodwill message to commemorate the 2020 International Workers Day celebration, she said this is possible if workers deliberately set aside a portion of their earnings for investing in the capital market.
She stated that capital market operations were still on-going in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic and urged workers to take advantage of the various opportunities for wealth creation that abound in the market.
A statement by the commission quoted the Acting DG as stressing that the SEC had adequate rules and regulations in place to ensure that such investments were safe, in line with its responsibility to protecting the integrity of the capital market from all forms of abuse, including insider dealing and market manipulations.
Uduk said the SEC also undertakes developmental activities to improve investor education and participation, besides promoting new instruments and encourage innovation in the market.
“Investors are also protected through the National Investors Protection Fund (NIPF)and Risk-Based supervision of capital market operators to ensure a transparent and efficient market in order to boost investors’ confidence,” she said.
The SEC boss further stressed that the Commission, in collaboration with other stakeholders in the financial system was making efforts to come up with various initiatives to address the issues of financial literacy and financial inclusion in the market
According to her, “we are committed to enlightening investors about the capital market and the attendant benefits while also cautioning against investing in fraudulent schemes that appear mouth-watering but are actually not capital market products.
The SEC Boss further added that the commission is currently implementing various initiatives under its 10-year capital market master plan to enhance the protection of investors. Some of these initiatives include Direct Cash settlement, e-dividend mandate system, the transmission of shares, and dematerialization of shares among others.
The Acting DG stated that the SEC as apex regulator of the capital market shall continue to introduce new ideas and policies towards developing and regulating a capital market that is dynamic, fair, transparent and efficient, to contribute to the nation’s economic development
The SEC boss, therefore, urged all workers to secure their financial future while working for the country.
“You have worked very hard to make our nation what it is today and I urge you to invest today and reap the benefits at retirement,” she added.