The capital market in Nigeria has been described as important to the economy of the nation as it is capable of providing government the much needed revenue for infrastructural development.
This was stated by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Capital Market, Senator Ibikunle Amosun during the budget defense by the Securities and Exchange Commission in Abuja.
Senator Amosun said that the Committee is very interested in the activities of the capital market as it is capable of providing the country with the much needed long term funding to get out of the woods as well as fund the budget.
According to him, “The Capital market is very important to the development of any economy. When the economy is stressed, the capital market can help. We know that globally, nations have been suffering the effects of Covid-19 and Nigeria is no exception. But we believe that with a vibrant capital market, our growth and development will be faster.
“We now know what the capital market can do to rescue the economy at a time like this. If we have to diversify our economy, the capital market has a role to play and that is why we are here to support you. We will support the capital market for our country to realise these economic goals.
“That is why the Senate is very interested in ensuring that our capital market does well. We are here to encourage you in the work that you do to ensure that we achieve success. We will encourage companies to list so as to further deepen the capital market.
He commended the SEC management on their efforts so far in deepening the market and advised the Commission to explore other areas that could aid in revamping the economy and improve government revenue.
In a presentation earlier, the DG of the SEC, Mr. Lamido Yuguda told the senators that despite the global economic climate the world over, the Commission has been able to improve its budget performance.
Yuguda stated that due to series of interactions with the lawmakers in the past, the Commission has been able to explore various areas in a bid to shore up its finances.
He stated that “This improvement in our performance is as a result of some of the fees that we introduced at the beginning of this year. When we came to you last year, the Commission was facing a very difficult financial situation. We had various interactions with this Committee and we were asked to think outside the box so that we can bring measures to improve our performance.
Yuguda stated that the Commission looked at the Collective Investment Scheme sector and explored avenues of improving its performance in a bid to increase the revenues of the Commission.