Customers shutdown business operation at CAC


Customers at the head office of the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja on Monday disrupted business activities in the commission over shut down in business operation.
The customers, under the Accredited Corporate Affairs Commission Agents, alleged that the commission’s services had been shut down over a month without any explanation to that effect.
But the CAC Registrar-General, Mr. Bello Mahmud said the temporary lull in the business activities of the commission was occasioned by its efforts at system upgrade.
According to him, the service provider decided to shut down the commission’s system because it got wind of the fact that CAC wanted to deploy better software for more efficiency in business operation.
Mahmud said the Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga had given the directive for the migration to improve the services of the commission.
The protesters, numbering over 200 barricaded the entrance of the commission, displaying several placards with various inscriptions calling for the sack of the entire management of the commission.
Barrister Ben Nordi, who claimed to have the mandate of the entire customers to speak, alleged that the commission’s internet facilities had seized to function in the last one month.
He lamented that the shutdown in CAC operation had affected his members as their clients had lost confidence in them due to the inability to deliver their jobs on time.
However, the RG noted that the commission had installed new software which would enable the customer to serve their clients better, stressing that the little hitch so far experienced was occasioned by the former service provider who was annoyed that the commission wanted to deploy new software.
He said, “Now this new software is suppose to start working October 1, but because of this crisis, we had to talk to him to bring it immediately and since last week we have been using a new software at least on the same level with the one we had before.
What remains now is the e-Payment which will come up on the 1st of October.”
When he was reminded that one of the grouses of the CAC lawyers was the free hand giving to individual to register his or her own company, he stated that there was nowhere in the CAMA law that stated that only lawyers, company secretaries and accountants can register companies.
He said government decided to allow individuals to register their own companies without recourse to the three professionals in order to reduce the cost of business registration.—Hallmark