About Us

We are the Nigerian Central Securities Depository (CSD)

OVERVIEW

Central Securities Clearing System Plc [CSCS] is Nigeria’s Central Securities Depository (CSD) licensed to carry on the depository, clearing and settlement of all transactions in the Nigerian Capital Market. As the country’s premier Financial Market Infrastructure (FMI), CSCS processes securities in electronic book-entry form, ensuring safe and efficient transaction processing within the ecosystem whilst also pioneering innovative solutions to deepen and enhance the efficient functioning of the market. We provide an effective single access point for all post-trade services in the Nigerian financial market, covering all forms of capital and money market securities including: equities, treasury bills, bonds, commodities, funds and cash. With an “A+” CSD rating from Thomas Murray, CSCS ranks amongst the best rated financial services firms in Nigeria and one of the best rated FMI in Africa.

For more than two decades, CSCS has continuously partnered with other stakeholders in redefining the structure and operations of the Nigerian Capital Market, leveraging new technologies in extracting efficiencies across the transaction life cycle while providing assurance in post-trade execution. With the support of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), other financial market regulators and collaboration with market participants, CSCS actualized the full dematerialization of share certificates in the Nigerian equity market, thus facilitating the full transition of the Nigerian equity market to the automated trading system. CSCS serves as the post trade agent for transactions on Securities Exchanges in the Nigerian Capital Market.

OUR CORE FUNCTIONS

Central depository for share certificates

Sub-registry for all quoted securities

Issuer of International Securities Identification Numbers

Custodian for local and foreign instruments

Issuer of Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) code for Nigeria

“...as a critical financial market infrastructure, the overall resilience and sustainable growth of the market is our priority, as such we consistently seek innovative solutions to empower and provide assurance to investors, issuers and the intermediary agents”

Haruna Jalo Waziri - MD/CEO

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Our Mission

We create value by providing securities depository, clearing, settlement and other services, driven by innovative technology and a highly-skilled workforce.

Our Vision

To be the globally respected and leading central securities depository in Africa.

OUR CORE VALUES

S

Security

We are safety conscious in our interactions and take all necessary precautions to protect valuables entrusted in our care.

E

Efficiency

We work smart and act responsively to meet our clients' needs in a timely and effective manner.

C

Confidentiality

We handle information with strict privacy, utmost discretion and at an absolute non disclosure basis.

U

Uprightness

We are honourable and honest in our dealings. We maintain integrity and high ethical standards in our operations.

R

Resourcefulness

We encourage ingenuity, inventiveness and creativity of our employees. This produces original and imaginative ideas for our growth and development.

E

Excellence

We respect and reward meritocracy, creating a work environment that fosters knowledge and skills acquisition for our employees with the aim of delivering of superior output consistently.

BRIEF HISTORY

The Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) was incorporated on July 29, 1992 as a Financial Market Infrastructure (FMI) for the Nigerian Capital Market and commenced operations on April 14, 1997. The Securities and Exchange Commission issued its license to perform Depository, Clearing and Settlement Services for Exchanges in the Nigerian Capital Market.

In 2007 and 2009, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) appointed CSCS as the clearing and settlement agent for Over The Counter (OTC) transactions in Nigerian Treasury Bills (NTBs), Commercial Papers (CPs) and Bankers Acceptances (BAs) respectively. On May 16, 2012, CSCS became a Public Liability Company (PLC) by a special resolution.

CSCS Plc has made visible strides in the Nigerian Capital Market and will continue to respond to the needs of the securities and commodities market to further enhance transparency and speedy settlement of transactions.