History was made at the weekend, when the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS) commenced training of no fewer than 50 Capital Market Correspondents, who were granted scholarship to pursue Professional Diploma in Securities and Investment.
The scholarship, awarded to enhance the beneficiaries’ skills and competencies, will enable them to aspire to pursue the Institute’s Professional Examination and become full fledged Securities Dealers.
Declaring open, the virtual technical training at the weekend, the Institute’s President and Chairman of Council, Mr Olatunde Amolegbe appreciated the roles of financial journalists, as critical members of the capital market ecosystem and urged them to take advantage of the scholarship to diversify their knowledge and become more integrated into the financial market.
“The more you understand the market, the better for everyone. It is a win-win affair for the Institute and the media. We all know the challenges in the economy have direct impacts on the market. As market professionals, we all have a duty to navigate the tough terrain and build the market of our dream.
“Your coming on board as securities dealers in the foreseeable future is a welcome development. Kindly take advantage of this window of capacity building to broaden your horizon and enhance your skills and competencies. The market has approved specialization in various aspects of our operations. You are at liberty to decide which area you want to specialize at the end of each examination. We have assembled the top-notch facilitators to handle this training programme. Please create time for personal reading to complement the training.”, Amolegbe said.
Corroborating him, the Institute’s Registrar and Chief Executive, Mr Adedeji Ajadi congratulated the awardees and advised them to create time out of their busy schedule to pursue the programme because of its immense value to their profession.
Ajadi who presented an overview of the course spoke extensively on the course components including Business Communication, Financial Statement Analysis, Economics, Fundamentals of Financial Market, Business Law and Business Accounting. He also highlighted some tips for passing the examination.
The Chief Executive Officer, Sofunix Investment and Communications, Mr Sola Oni, a financial journalist and Chartered Stockbroker, shared experience with the awardees and urged them to take advantage of the scholarship to develop new capacity for lifelong career of self employment.
In her appreciation, the Chairperson, Capital Market Correspondents Association of Nigeria (CAMCAN), Mrs Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma, expressed gratitude to the Institute for granting scholarship to the media practitioners and assured that the beneficiaries would take advantage of the programme to improve their skills and competencies.
The virtual training is expected to run for over two months, after which the candidates may register for Examination for the award of Professional Diploma in Securities and Investment.