The new management of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has taken full charge with effect from 29 April, after interim Administrator Emmanuel Ikhazoboh, appointed in August 2010 by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), bowed out on 28 April.
Chief Executive Officer of the NSE, Mr. Oscar Onyema, had taken up office on 4 April, but the SEC had asked for a one-month transitional period. Onyema had been Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at the American Stock Exchange, according to a statement.
Adeolu Bajomo, the new Executive Director, Market Operations and Technology, is set to start on 3 May, from his previous job as Head of Replatforming Programmes for Africa and Indian Ocean region for Barclays Bank plc. He is to lead operational and technology transformation of the NSE as it repositions for growth and global leadership through effective exploitation of technology and efficient business and market operations processes.
Ikhazoboh told journalists in Lagos that stakeholders should support the new management headed by Oscar Onyema who is expected to constitute a new management team. Reporting on the 8 months of his administration, equity trading grew from N5 trillion (US$32.4 million) to N8.5 trln while bond and other instruments rose substantially from N6 trln to over N10 trln. He said his task had been to restructure the market which had been in crisis so that the SEC had intervened. His administration was able to bring back credibility and investors’ confidence to the market, enhance its overall attractiveness to both local and foreign investors and to fulfil its mandate of putting a new management in place.
SEC noted that after the transition period, Ikazoboh will continue as deputy to the Interim President of the NSE on the NSE Council.