Embrace Careers in Securities and Investment, Expert Urges Banking and Finance Students
Students of the Department of Banking and Finance, Covenant University, and youths in general, have been advised to embrace careers and economic prospects in the area of securities and investment through certification by the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS).
The Head, Membership and Students Affairs, Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers, Mr. Edikan Ekong, gave the advised on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at the Town and Gown Seminar of the Department of Banking and Finance, where he delivered a lecture titled, “Empowering Nigerian Youths for Self-Sustenance in Time of Recession and Beyond.”
According to Mr. Ekong, despite the staggering statistics by the National Population Commission putting the nation’s population at an estimated 182 million, and with over half of them under 30 years, the government could take advantage of the nation’s population and vast national resources to transform her fortune.
The 2017 Budget, he stated, shows government’s determination to revert to positive growth, and CIS determined to empower the youths through quality and affordable world class professional education to leverage on what lies ahead of an economic revamp.
Mr. Ekong, who bemoaned the failure of tertiary institutions in the country for not inculcating capital market literacy in their academic curriculum in related programmes, however, commended Covenant University’s Department of Banking and Finance, for being the first in the country to expose its students to capital market studies. He also commended the institution for its vigorous entrepreneurial studies programme, which is vital to addressing the unemployment question plaguing the nation.
On the way forward for the nation’s economy, Mr. Ekong averred that the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers is working at ensuring that Nigeria attains the SDGs in 10 years or less, provide quality primary and secondary school education for Nigerian youths aged below 18 and assist highly educated youth population with accessible entrepreneurial options in commerce, entertainment, computer/information technology, and finance.
The CIS, he said, is willing to devote its energy to provide capacity for at least 500 qualified Stockbrokers in every state in Nigeria, see to the certification of at least 1,000,000 CIS Diploma holders in 5 years, help kick start a vibrant micro, small and medium scale enterprises sector with Nigeria emerging as the dominant African economy by 2025.
Reacting to the presentation, the immediate past Head of Department, Dr. Ailemen Ikpefan, advised students in the department to get certified in CIS programmes. According to him, “Unemployment should not be an issue to any enterprising student.”
Earlier, in his welcome remarks, the Head, Department of Banking and Finance, Dr. Kehinde Adetiloye, thanked Mr. Edikan Ekong for choosing to invest in the lives of the young ones, and tasked the students to seize every information that comes their way on the platform of ‘Town and Gown’ seminars. He enjoined them to ask probing questions to know what next to do when they get out there to the world of business.