Nigerians have again been urged to desist from investing their hard-earned resources in investment schemes that have not been registered to carry out fund management functions.
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Acting Director-General Ms. Mary Uduk gave the advice in the face of various unregistered schemes luring unsuspecting Nigerians with unreasonable returns.
Enjoining investors to be wary of any investment with suspicious and unreasonably high return level proposals, Ms. Uduk also advised investors to always be sure of the status of such fund managers to know if the products they offer are registered with the SEC.
According to her, the capital market is properly positioned to attract Nigerians and provide benefits to investors.
She said the SEC has been doing a lot in terms of investor education to assist people understand whatever issues they have around the capital market.
“But besides that, there are new products coming up every day in the Nigerian capital market. We have a lot of ethical funds, one of the safest areas to invest in is in Mutual Funds, Collective Investments Schemes and we encourage Nigerians to be part of these and others,” she said.
The SEC, she said, has introduced initiatives to make the capital market more user-friendly such that people can participate in it with greater ease, comfort and convenience.
She said: “There is the added and all-important purpose of ensuring that the gains of your participation, be these dividends, proceeds from share sales/transfers, etc. accrue to you seamlessly, without sweat and in the shortest time possible.
“The purpose is also to ensure that you do not fall victim to the antics of fraudsters who purport to be able to double any amount of money you make available to them as investment value.
“These fraudsters or promoters of Ponzi Schemes are the false prophets of the investment environment, they are the ill wind that blows no good and at whose sight you must flee; they are to be avoided. This is one message you must keep spreading to family, friends, relations and acquaintances in order to save them from the agony of loss of their hard–earned money”.
Uduk therefore advised the general public to distance themselves from such schemes, adding, “Please note that anyone that subscribes to these illegal activities does so at their own risk.”
She also informed investors that the SEC is currently leading the entire capital market industry in an effort to migrate all shareholders to an e–Dividend regime.
The essence of the e-Dividend Mandate Management System she said, was to eradicate or reduce to the barest minimum the incidence of unclaimed dividend.
Source: the Nation Newspaper