SEC Endorses Lagos Commodity, Future’s Exchange

Ms Mary Uduk, Acting Directior General at Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC Nigeria

The Lagos Commodity and Futures Exchange (LCFE) being promoted by the Lagos State Government and Association of Stockbroking Companies of Nigeria (ASHON) may commence operations soon as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has granted the promoters approval-in principle.

By this milestone, the new Exchange is expected to commence operation immediately, after the ongoing installation of its state of the art technology which is at the concluding phase.

Speaking on the recent development, chairman of ASHON Chief Patrick Ezeagu expressed gratitude to SEC for the opportunity, assuring the Commission that ASHON had been working very hard to complete the installation of the technology in order to commence trading.

Corroborating him, acting managing director and chief executive officer of LCFE, Mr. Akin Akeredolu-Ale described the approval as a welcome development. According to him, it shows the level of dynamic capacity of the apex regulator to empower capital market operators to play pivotal role in capital formation and wealth creation.

Akeredolu-Ale underscored the essence of capacity building in order to improve efficiency and service delivery. He explained that the trading floor of the new corporate office of LCFE was already wearing a new look as trading technologies, including control room and servers are being installed.

There are strong indications that capital market professionals, including the capital market correspondents shall undergo a new phase of strategic training model by the LCFE as part of the preparations to go

Ezeagu had at a training session last year, explained that the core objective was to develop the much-needed capacity that would operate in the coming Commodity and Futures Exchange which ASHON is leading the establishment.

Ezeagu noted that every aspect of the capital market had been undergoing changes, hence, the human capital that would operate in the new environment must have the skills. “The market is expanding and the various kinds of market we are operating are equally changing as well. From the purely equities market, we are moving into bonds and from bonds we are thinking about commodities and derivatives.

“There is lack of capacity by members of ASHON and we have decided upon ourselves that the best approach is to build capacity from within. We must key into these changes that are taking place to play our role as intermediaries within the market space.

“Therefore, this training which focuses on derivatives and commodities is to ensure that we sharpen the skills of our members to trade derivatives as well as commodities, futures, options and the rest of them,” Ezeagu said.

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