By Babajide Komolafe
ASSET Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has called for the creation of ‘AMCON Market,’ to enable it dispose several billions of naira worth of assets that are tied down in its books due to inappropriate valuation, strange market forces among other vices.
The Corporation in a statement said that the ‘AMCON Market’ would involve key players in valuation, insurance, legal among other strategic stakeholders.
“AMCON has a stockpile of assets, which it is finding difficult to dispose in the regular open market. The assets cut across critical sectors of the economy such as real estate, energy, transportation and aviation, maritime, agriculture and manufacturing just to mention a few.”
Dr. Eberechukwu Uneze, an Executive Director, AMCON made the call while declaring open a one-day sensitization forum for AMCON’s Valuers & Receiver Managers in Lagos. The conference is part of AMCON’s renewed strategy to continually engage different professionals whose practice directly impact on its recovery activities. The conference is themed “Valuation of AMCON assets: The Imperatives of Competence, diligence and commitment.”
Uneze, who represented the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of AMCON, Mr. Ahmed Kuru, said the creation of the proposed AMCON market would help address a lot of irregularities that affect the outcome of valuation in the country. He said, “We are using this opportunity to appeal to the conscience of valuers to the realities and the negative implication of wrong valuation to the recovery effort of AMCON. When you carry out this assignment as valuers especially when it relates to AMCON assets, please make use of the appropriate methodology. When you are appointed as valuers for AMCON please don’t just look at it as a business; kindly consider it as a national assignment because we owe it a duty to Nigerians to recover these debts as quickly as possible because AMCON is not here in perpetuity. Your contribution would help strengthen the hands of AMCON to enable the corporation realise its mandate.”
The AMCON boss said the call had become necessary because of the feedback the corporation gets from key stakeholders. He said there were allegations of unprofessional behaviour by some valuers who unnecessarily overvalue some assets, which in turn makes it impossible for AMCON to dispose such assets. He said again, “The feedback we get from some of our key stakeholders is not palatable. Some of them have come to us with the allegation that some obligors go to the extent of trying to influence the decision of some valuers. That is very wrong. Such sharp practice would not help our recovery mandate. It is also not good because the money AMCON is recovering belongs to Nigeria. That is why we are calling for the creation of an AMCON market because the implication of the outcome of your valuation has very huge impact on our mandate.”