WHEN FIRST REGISTRARS REJECTED FIRST BANK’S CONFIRMATION

But for strident protestation, the management of the Securities and Exchange Commission might have insisted on the January 2009 deadline for the dematerialization of share certificates in Nigeria. Some investors believe this is yet a tall dream for both the SEC and investors especially in consideration of the inadequacy of the Registrars.

Because of lack of appropriate recording system, most registrars have had an automatic recourse to demanding that any investor that wished to dematerialize his or her shares certificate to first go get a bankers confirmation of his/her signature. This attestation, according to the registrars helps ascertain the authenticity of the signature.

The banks had made the confirmation requirement a money making venture, some demand for N5000 for each confirmation. However, an investor informed Fortune&Class Weekly of the shame of the process.

“I have 50,000 units of FirstBank Plc and because of the January 2009 deadline to dematerialize shares certificates I went to my bank which incidentally is FirstBank. After collecting the confirmation, I went to the office of First Registrars where I tendered the banker’s confirmation but I was shocked when officials of First Registrars rejected the banker’s confirmation from FirstBank. Seriously, I am considering writing a protest letter to the Managing Director of FirstBank,” the investor said.

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