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Shareholders in the country who are yet to fill electronic dividend forms have been given a few months as extra time , as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has moved the deadline to December 31st 2017.

The nuggets;

  • The deadline was extended so more shareholders could take part in the e-dividend registration.
  • The deadline was also extended in order for SEC to finalize its guidelines on issuance of e-dividend warrants.
  • SEC’s sponsorship of the e-dividend registration by commercial banks will also continue till December 2017.
  • 2.2 million investors had mandated their e-dividends as at April 30, 2017.

How to go about this;

Here is a step by step guide on how to go about this;

Step 1

Visit the website of SEC via the dividend portal

Step 2

Once you visit the portal, type in your name or the name of the company that was used in buying shares into the search bar.

Step 3

The portal pours out a list of the companies you own shares in and the registrars. It also displays your account name and account numbers.

Step 4


Click on any of the links inserted in the names of the registrars. It will take you to another portal that will display e-dividend forms

Step 5

Download the forms and print them out.

Step 5

On each registrars e-dividend forms you will see against it the list of companies that they manage. Check for your companies you have shares in and tick as appropriate. Fill out other portions of the forms. Attach your passport photo, sign behind it and also sign the form. If there are more than one signatories to your account when you purchased the forms (like other directors), get the other signatory (ies) to sign. If you bought the shares using your company name, you might need a board resolution authorizing you to sign on the company’s behalf. This will be important for the next step. You may also need to apply a seal to the form. Also, if the shares belong to a deceased relative then make sure you have documents that prove that you are next of kin or acting on behalf of the estate.

Step 6


Take the form to your banker to counter sign. This can be a bit frustrating as your signatory has to match what they have in file. The reason why you go to a bank is that they will be the ones to verify if the signature on your e-dividend form corresponds with what you have in your bank account opening form. They also use it to identify your legitimacy. If it is a corporate account, then you will need to attach your board resolution authorizing you to sign on their behalf. A director and company secretary signs board resolutions.

Step 7

Go and submit the forms with your registrar. Once you are there they will inspect to be sure you filled all the necessary information. Once done, they will confirm that everything is okay and ask you to await payment.

Step 8

You await an alert for payment of your dividends.

Why you should get your e-dividend asap

SEC launched the e-dividend platform in July 2015 and set December 2015 as a deadline. After protests by shareholders, the deadline was shifted to December 2016. In January this year, it decided to extend it till June 30, 2017. Over N30 billion dividends that were hitherto unclaimed have been collected by shareholders. SEC has also granted an amnesty of some sort to shareholders who bought shares in an irregular fashion to come forward and claim them. Failure to do will lead to forfeiture of both the shares and dividends that accrue from them

SEC intends to convert the unclaimed dividends into a trust fund, a move the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and National Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) have opposed. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is the apex regulatory body for Nigerian capital markets. Current rules on unclaimed dividends state that they revert to the company after a period of 12 years.

Onome Ohwovoriole has a degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Benin and prior to joining Nairametrics in December 2016 as Lead Analyst had stints in Publishing, Automobile Services, Entertainment and Leadership Training. He covers companies in the Nigerian corporate space, especially those listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). He also has a keen interest in new frontiers like Cryptocurrencies and Fintech. In his spare time, he loves to read books on finance, fiction as well as keep up with happenings in the world of international diplomacy. You can contact him via onome.ohwovoriole@nairametrics.com


  1. This e- dividend of a thing should be scrapped. Let the use of finger print as done with BVN be used to effect this problems. So that the ones still alive can reap their fruit of their labour. The right thing to be done is starring us in the face and we are looking elsewhere for solution. This is absolute solution.

  2. Is time we learn how to ameliorate problems and stop putting people under unnecessary stress. Let’s be humanitarian in our choices and decisions. Thanks to technology.

  3. Once you get the finger print right then, the e- dividend should work. You don’t separate the two. But if you work alone with e- dividend, you have not solved the problem. Physical presence of finger print capturing during cash payment should be mandatory, after this, the e- dividend is paid into the clients account. Since the signatures are not same due to age, finger print should be adopted because it doesn’t change. Banks are not helping matters.


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