Coronavirus: FMDQ Group activates remote working for all stakeholders

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FMDQ Group on Thursday activated remote working for all its employees to manage coronavirus pandemic to keep employees and families safe.

Mr Bola Onadele, FMDQ Group Chief Executive Officer made this known in a message to all its stakeholders titled “COVID-19 Update- A message from our Chief Executive Officer’’.

“Upon careful consideration of the situation, and in a bid to do our part to manage the pandemic, keep employees and their families safe, FMDQ Group, effective March 26, has activated remote working for all its employees.

“To ensure that business operations continue to run seamlessly, all employees have been equipped with adequate business communications and efficiency tools to enable them work effectively from home.

“We are fully aware that as a financial market infrastructure group in Nigeria, providing listing, trading, clearing, settlement, data and information services, our role and mandate remain critical to the functioning of the Nigerian financial markets.

“In view of this, FMDQ Group has taken deliberate steps to implement measures that will uphold the sanctity of our markets and ensure continued operational excellence.

“We have fully activated our Business Continuity Management Plan which supports all our business services and operations, allowing our members, clients and other stakeholders to conduct their business on our platforms as normal.

“All our trading platforms, operated by FMDQ Exchange – FMDQ-Bloomberg E-bond Trading System (E-bond), Thomson Reuters Foreign Exchange Trading (TRFXT) System, FMDQ Clients’ Trading, Reporting & Surveillance System (PenDealer), FMDQ Trading, Reporting and Surveillance System for FMDQ Dealing Members (Specialists), among others are web-based and can fully support remote trading by our members,’’ Onadele said.

According to him, its proprietary clearing and settlement system, FMDQ Q-ex System also web-based, can be accessed remotely, thereby ensuring that all related services are seamlessly conducted by its clearing and settlement subsidiaries, FMDQ Clear and FMDQ Depository, respectively.

“While we are exercising all best efforts to ensure business continuity for the market operations, we expect that all our relevant stakeholders have also actively implemented contingency and business continuity plans as necessary to ensure we minimise any disruptions to the Nigerian financial market.’’

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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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