Finance Minister Ahmed calls for increased citizen trading

Written by on June 28, 2021

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, has urged the Nigeria Exchange Limited to aid ordinary citizens in participating actively in the capital market.

According to a statement from the NGX, Ahmed, during a courtesy visit of the organisation’s management to the ministry, urged the company’s management to leverage technology and innovations that would ease the process of trading on the exchange and increase citizen participation.

She said the Federal Government had directed the Securities and Exchange Commission to organise a saving policy and programme that would encourage citizens to participate actively in the capital market as a means of unlocking the potential.

The minister also commended the NGX for its efforts toward deepening the Nigerian Capital Market.

She also disclosed that the ministry was working on the Finance Bill 2021 and would address challenges hindering investments such as Company Income Tax, among others.

The ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Aliyu Ahmed, urged the NGX to scale up its operations for investor and market benefits.

The Chief Executive Officer of the NGX, Temi Popoola, during his speech, noted that the aim of the visit was to introduce the NGX’s new management to the minister and also to appreciate the ministry for its support to the NCM.

Credit: Punch

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