The iron lady of our time, Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun has demoted the Acting Director-General of the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Dr. Abdul Zubair whom she appointed before, for not perform enough over the controversies surrounding shares of Oando Plc on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
Amehnews recalls that trading on Oando shares which had hitherto been suspended for weeks following SEC’s investigations into the company’s business practices till the pending cases are review. While waiting for the audit reports, SEC on Wednesday directed the NSE to restated the Oando Shares which many stakeholders term as confusion.
Following SEC action, on Friday, the Honourable Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun came down hard on Zubair for causing confusion and controversy. Therefore appointed Mary Uduk as new Acting DG, according to a statement by her spokesman.
Ms. Mary Uduk, according to the statement will assume the position of Acting Director-General of the Commission. Furthermore, Uduk’s appointment is governed by the provisions of the Investments and Securities Act (ISA), 2007 and the conditions of service applicable to the Director-General of the Commission.
The Minister, in a letter dated 13th April, 2018, said Uduk’s appointment had become necessary to ensure effective regulation of the Capital Market. Her appointment will, subject to satisfactory performance, subsist until further notice.
The statement reads: “The Honourable Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Friday approved the reassignment of portfolios in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
“The Minister also announced the redeployment of the former acting Director-General of the Commission, Dr. Abdul Zubair, to External Relations Department.
“She further made the following reassignment of the under-mentioned persons –
i. Reginald C. Karawusa – Acting Executive Commissioner, Legal and Enforcement;
ii. Isiyaku Tilde – Acting Executive Commissioner, Operations;
iii. Henry Roland Adekunle – Acting Executive Commissioner, Corporate Services.
“The new Acting Director-General joined the Commission in 1986 as an assistant financial analyst. Her career as a regulator has spanned many functions and departments in the Commission, from corporate finance, administration, to providing structural, policy and due diligence for capital market transactions. She has also been responsible for managing several landmark capital market projects, including the registration of Capital Market Operators, articulating rules for bonds and equities; Mergers, acquisitions and Takeovers, and managing the banking and insurance industry consolidations between 2005-2007.
“Uduk served as the pioneer Head of the Operations Division in the Lagos Zonal Office, and has headed the following Departments in the Commission: Internal Control, Investment Management, Financial Standards and Corporate Governance and Securities, and Investment Services Department, among others.
“Meanwhile, the Federal Ministry of Finance has requested for a formal explanation from the SEC of the recent communications between the Commission and the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), which adversely impacted market confidence.”