Chineme Okafor in Abuja
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Sunday disclosed that it was unaware that telecommunications giant, MTN Nigeria Limited, has filed an application to it to review its plan to undertake an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in Nigeriaâ€™s capital market.
The SEC, in a statement sent to THISDAY in Abuja, explained that neither MTN Nigeria Limited nor any of its advisers or representatives has filed any application with it regarding the IPO.
It thus debunked media reports claiming it was holding back the telecommunications firmâ€™s plan to undertake the IPO.
â€œThe commission wishes to categorically state that the information contained in the said publication is false, misleading and without merit.
â€œAdditionally, the commission would like to state that MTN Nigeria Limited to the best of the commissionâ€™s knowledge is a private company limited by shares, As at the date of this circular, neither MTN Nigeria Limited nor any of its advisers or representatives has filed any application with the SEC regarding the said IPO,â€ said the statement.
It added: â€œGiven that there is no application from MTN before the commission, there could not have been a request by MTN or any of its representatives or advisers requiring any form of regulatory review.â€
The SEC said it would welcome filings aimed at deepening and broadening Nigeriaâ€™s capital market and was ready to provide the necessary regulatory support to ensure such happened.
According to it, â€œIf MTN finally files a formal and complete application with the commission, it would be treated with the usual diligence and urgency that is applicable to all such filings.â€
â€œFurthermore, we wish to remind all capital market operators of their duty not to furnish information, which is false, and misleading in any material particular as the commission would not hesitate to take necessary regulatory actions on any erring market operator.
â€œThe commission remains committed to its core mandate of investor protection and maintaining the integrity of the Nigerian capital market,â€ it added.