By Aduragbemi Omiyale
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has called for the strong participation of youths in the capital market, stressing that they play a vital role in the ecosystem.
The Director-General of SEC, Mr Lamido Yuguda, during a meeting with a team led by the British Deputy High Commissioner in Abuja last Friday, said efforts would be made to make the market attractive to the young ones.
According to him, the commission is implementing various initiatives to ensure that products and offerings in the market are accessible to both the young and old.
“When we assumed office, we were shocked to know that the average age of the Central Securities Clearing System account holder was over 50 years. The CSCS is a depository so if you are investing in equities you must have a CSCS account.
“The average age of that account holder was over 50, and that made us realise that the young people were not participating in this market and when young people are not participating in any market, that market is doomed to fail. And young people today prefer to do things on their phones, if you have to fill a stack of forms manually, young people won’t do it. We want to make investing in the capital market a fun experience.
“The capital market experience starts with a bank account and eventually the distribution has to hit a bank account as well. So, we decided to look at the whole process and find out what is turning young people off. We have started…