By Ngozi Onyeakusi — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has once again urged Nigerians not to entertain any fears of prosecution but take steps to regularise their multiple subscription accounts in order to obtain the benefits of their investments in the capital market.

Acting Director General, SEC, Mary Uduk stated this during an interview in Abuja weekend.

Uduk said such investors should not entertain any fears of prosecution as the Commission is only interested in ensuring investors have the benefits of their investments.

According to her “They are not going to be prosecuted, we just want them to come forward and take back their shares and register them properly with CSCS so that the trading float in the market will increase

According to her “The forbearance window for shareholders with multiple subscriptions has been extended by another year from the December 31, 2018 deadline previously communicated. Consequently, we enjoin those who have not come forward for the regularization of shares purchased with multiple identities, to do so.

Uduk also enjoined investors to take advantage of the on-going e-dividend registration in a bid to reduce the unclaimed dividends profile as well as increase liquidity in the capital market and the economy.

According to her, “The essence of the E-Dividend Mandate Management System is to eradicate or reduce to the barest minimum the incidence of unclaimed dividend. Unclaimed dividend is an undesirable feature of the Nigerian capital market which denies investors/shareholders the gains of participating in the capital market. It denies the economy access to the huge amount of money which should have accrued to shareholders and would have gone into circulation to oil the wheel of the economy.

“It is a consequence of the bottlenecks which are inherent in the erstwhile paper dividend warrant regime such as postal system inefficiency, change in investors’ addresses, poor fidelity and human fallibility in dividend payment processes, amongst others.

She stated that the E–Dividend regime bypasses these limitations by ensuring that dividends which do not exceed 12 years of issue are credited directly to an investors account after declaration by the paying company and within a stipulated payment period through simple interbank transfer.

The E-Dividend registration exercise started on November 23, 2016. Each successful registration cost N150, however, between that time and March 31, 2018, the Commission underwrote the registration cost for all investors that mandated. It is my pleasure to let us know, that a total of 2.4million accounts had been mandated.

“May I therefore implore you all to key into the E-Dividend registration exercise by visiting the nearest bank branch or registrar. In addition to migrating to the E–Dividend regime yourselves, kindly tell everybody you know to do same in their best interest.

Participants of CPS grows to 8.27 million

From Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos

The National Pension Commission (PenCom) has disclosed that the number of workers under the Contributory Pension Scheme has grown to 8,271,948 at the end of September 2018 from 7.7 million in the same period of 2017.

According to the commission, the figure was 7.3 million as of the end of 2016.

In a recent circular, the Federal Government has mandated all workers under the CPS to produce their National Identification Numbers as part of their pension requirements.

The National Pension Commission disclosed this in a circular, titled ‘Notice on mandatory use of National Identification Number for all existing RSA holders’.

The circular read, “The Federal Government has made it mandatory that every Nigerian must have a National Identification Number.

generating organisations have been directed to harmonise their database with the National Identity Management Commission, whose mandate is to implement the National Identity System in Nigeria.

“To enable the pension industry to comply, PenCom has directed all Pension Fund Administrators to update the records of their clients. Consequently, all Retirement Savings Account holders, both active and retired, are hereby advised to approach their PFAs to provide their NINs and Bank Verification Numbers, as well as other mandatory bio-data information.”

The Pension Reform Act mandates every employer with a minimum of three employees to open an RSA for the workers, which would be funded by both employer and employees.

The employer is required to pay 10 per cent while the workers are required to contribute eight per cent