Fed Govt to partner stockbrokers on economic growth
The Federal Government has assured securities dealers that it would create an enabling environment for optimal utilisation of the financial market to achieve double-digit economic growth.
The government also reiterated its resolve to put an end to insecurity which has significantly dampened both foreign and local investor interest in Nigeria.
Addressing participants at the just- concluded national workshop on: “Leveraging the financial markets to achieve double digit economic growth for Nigeria”, organised by the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS) in Abuja, the Federal Government assured that it would work with the regulators and operators of the capital market to address issues that would accelerate investment opportunities in the nation’s capital market.
In her presentation, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning Mrs Zainab Ahmed noted that the Nigerian capital market had contributed immensely to the long term growth and development of the economy.
According to her, the Federal Government shall continue to enact laws that would further globalise the Nigerian capital market.
“There is a lot of work to be done in building the economy and achieving the pace that is needed to make double digit growth a reality. I wish to pledge government’s continuous support and partnership with the capital market and the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers as we continue the task of nation building.
“The capital market has provided, over the years, access to significant long term development capital to the Federal Government and other tiers of government and private sectors.
“In an attempt to achieve a consistent economic growth, earlier in the life of this administration, government developed the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017 – 2020, a medium term plan designed to foster growth and build a globally competitive economy through diversification of the economy, increased investment in infrastructure, digitalisation of the economy, and improvement in the ease of doing business in the country,” Ahmed said.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Economic and Political Affairs Office, Mr Andrew Adejo, assured stockbrokers that the Federal Government would continue to improve on the security situation in Nigeria.
He noted that the role of stockbrokers in wealth creation and ensuring that the capital market remained a sustainable platform for raising long term capital could not be over emphasised.