Experts set agenda for new SEC board

Capital market operators in Nigeria have commended President Bola Tinubu for the appointment of Dr Emomotimi Agama as the Director-General designate for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

They gave the commendation in separate interviews, while reacting to the new SEC board composition by the President.

Prof. Uche Uwaleke, the President Capital Market Academics of Nigeria, described Agama’s appointment as “a round peg in a round hole.”

Uwaleke who said that Agama had been in the commission for over 20 years urged him to continue from where the present SEC Director-General stopped.

He said that implementation of the Nigerian capital market Masterplan must be paramount in his agenda.

Also speaking, Mr Olatunde Amolegbe, the Managing Director of Arthur Steven Asset Management Limited, hailed the appointment of Agama along with the other board members of SEC.

Amolegbe said the appointment was well thought through and appropriate for the enhanced growth and development of the capital market.

“Most of them are well grounded capital market professionals with decades of experience under their belt both locally and internationally.

“Agama for has been a regular in the Nigerian capital market for an upward of 25 years or maybe more as far as I know,” he said.

On agenda for the new team, Amolegbe enjoined the new team to continue with the implementation of the capital market masterplan.

He also urged them to develop the nation’s commodities exchanges to fill the gap of trading in locally sourced soft commodities such as oil and gas and agricultural products.

Amolegbe added that the new team should ensure that the regulatory-induced banking recapitalisation is conducted in an efficient and orderly manner.

“The medium-term goal will be to position the capital market to facilitate the one trillion-dollar economy goal of the Federal Government will be key.