The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Abuja Branch has conferred on the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Alhaji Bello Mahmud an Innovative Leadership Award.
The Award was in recognition of a job well done particularly as it relates to innovative leadership in repositioning the Commission to its present status.
At the last CAC –NBA Compliance Workshop with the theme, obtaining efficient and effective services of the Commission, the NBA Chairman, Barrister Ezenwa Anumnu officially announced the Award which was formally presented to the Registrar-General in his office.
Responding, the Registrar-General expressed gratitude for the kind gesture. He pointed out that throughout his first tenure in office, he refused to accept awards from any quarter, saying that he only opened up to awards when he was convinced of notable performance and justification of accepting any award.
He commended the existing cordial relationship between NBA and the CAC, urging them to keep up the good work.
Highlights of the notable reforms that the Registrar-General is lauded for include among others, the development of new registration software, the Company Registration Portal (CRP). Since the launching of the CRP in February 2015, company registration activity has witnessed progressive increase. It affords customers online and real-time access to the services of the Commission from the comfort of their offices and homes using different e-payment platforms such as inter-switch, e-transacts, mastercard, verve and visa.
Others are collaboration with Federal Inland Revenue Services on electronic stamping of documents. The e-stamping will dispense with physical submission of documents which causes delay and facilitates one stop online shop for company registration.
Introduction of public search window in the Commission’s website such that the public can conduct searches on existing registered companies. The measure will guarantee a more transparent system as it will help in checking the status of companies.
Decentralisation of CAC operations; With decentralisation, it is now possible to start and complete registration of limited liability companies and collect the certificate at 5 State Offices without recourse to Head Office. These State Offices are Lagos, Port Harcourt, Kaduna, Kano and Enugu. The start-to-finish registration is to be extended to other State Offices in due course.
The review of CAC checklist and registration forms thereby providing user friendly services to its customers in line with the Registrar-General’s four point agenda upon assumption of office in October, 2009.