SEC’s hammer on Oando directors will boost corporate governance and transparency in quoted companies

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    Operators on the nation bourse on Friday said that suspension of two directors of Oando Plc from public companies for five years would bring sanity to the capital market.

    They spoke with Naija247news in Lagos in reaction to the outcome of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) forensic audit of Oando Plc.

    Naija247news reports that SEC on Friday barred Mr Wale Tinubu, the company’s Group Chief Executive Officer, and Mr Omamofe Boyo, the Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer, from being directors of a public company for five years

    The commission conveyed the decision in a statement signed by Mrs Efe Ebelo, its Head of Corporate Communications,

    Naija247news reports that SEC in March 2018 announced the commencement of audit of Oando Plc’s account.

    It said it had appointed Deloite Nigeria to proceed with the forensic audit.

    The commission in the statement also directed resignation of the affected board members, and called on the company to convene an extra-ordinary general meeting on or before July 1, to appoint new directors.

    Commenting on the development, Mr Ambrose Omordion, the Chief Operating Officer, InvestData Ltd., said that the suspension would send a signal to other managing directors and executives in the market.

    Omordion said that the outcome of the forensic audit showed that SEC could bite and not only bark.

    He said that the investing public had been calling for change in the company’s management for a long time.

    According to Omordion,. there will be santiy in the company when the new management takes over in July.

    “Other companies and their directors will sit up, seeing how Oando management and its directors ended up.

    “SEC decision will further boost corporate governance and transparency in qouted companies and increase investors’ confidence,” Omordion told Naija247news.

    Malam Shehu Mikail, National President, Constance Shareholders Association of Nigeria, also expressed satisfaction at the commission’s decision.

    Mikali said that the ban would instill transparency and corporate governance in the nation’s capital market.

    The shareholder activist said that the outcome showed that nobody was above the law in the market.

    He said that some companies had collapsed due to lack of transparency and corporate governance.

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    Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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