The Code of Conduct Tribunal on the 24th of December, 2019, granted motion experte filed by Code of Conduct Bureau, dated 17th of December, 2019, ordering Lady Azuka Obiageli Azinge to step aside as Acting Registrar General of Corporate Affairs Commission pending hearing and determination of motion before the Tribunal.
The order reads: “that the defendant/respondent step aside as the Acting Registrar General of Corporate Affairs Commission over allegation of contravening the provisions of Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act CAP C1 LFN 2004 pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice dated and filed on the 17th day of December 2019.
It further ordered “that the Hon. Minister of Trade and Industry and the Chairman of the Board of Corporate Affairs Commission to take all necessary steps to appoint the next most Senior Director to take over as acting Registrar General Corporate Affairs Commissions pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice, dated and filed on the 17th day of December 2019.
And lastly, the order stated: “That the matter is hereby adjourned to the 6th day of January 2020, for a hearing of the Motion on Notice, dated 17th day of December 2020.
The order is issued in Abuja under the seal of the Tribunal and the Heads of the Honorable Chairman and Honorable Member on this 24th day of December 2019.
Acting President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, is set to launch a three-day Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) clinic on Thursday, February 23 for viable enterprises in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
Recall that Acting President Osinbajo commissioned the Aba MSME clinic on January 26.
Aba is the commercial hub of Abia State in southeast Nigeria.
The Chief Operating Officer of the Kwara State MSME Bureau, Mr Segun Soewu, who made the disclosure in a statement on Monday, informed that the event would hold at the Banquet Hall, Ilorin by 10:00AM daily.
He described the clinic as an opportunity for MSME operators in the state to discuss the opportunities and challenges confronting their businesses.
The MSME Bureau boss added that business owners can also make inquiries about policies and regulations regarding their businesses from the Federal agencies that would be present at the programme.
He listed the agencies to include the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Nigerian Export-Import Bank and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
Others are Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Bank of Agriculture, Bank of Industry, Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO), Projects Development Institute, Raw Materials Research and Development Council, and the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure.
Mr Soewu asked intending participants to contact the office of the Chief Operating Officer of the Kwara State MSME Bureau at the Ministry of Commerce and Cooperatives, Gambari Road in Ilorin.
The Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, has again said that the quest for development of local capacity is a panacea for rapid economic growth.
He made this assertion during the Southeast maiden edition of Nationwide Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Clinic held at Aba, after the media launch in Abuja on Tuesday.
Using as an analogy, the story President Muhammadu Buhari once told him about the importance of taking care of people “who do the things that make us comfortable”, the Vice President observed “it is important to pay attention to MSMES”.
“We will spend time to ensure that we give those who produce locally all the support that we can give, and that is why we are doing this clinics,” he said.
The Vice President went round the stands of all the agencies at the Aba MSMES Clinic and also those of several businesses and local manufacturers, all of whom were obviously elated at the Federal Government’s gesture to re-orient the relationship between them and the agencies.
He said that “you can’t do much for manufacturing without coming to Aba,” and adding that Aba traders, artisans, tailors, shoemakers and others “are the bedrock of our economy.”
According to him, the Nigerian government agenda is to create sustainable platform through its relevant agencies that would ensure that businesses in the country that produce locally made goods are given adequate support and wider spectrum to grow.
He urged the relevant government agencies to see themselves as facilitators of the businesses and remove bottlenecks that are often reported when enterprises have something to do with the agencies.
Commenting at the Clinic, the Abia State Governor, Dr. Okpezie Ikpeazu, who accompanied the Vice President said “with the visit of the Acting President to Abia today, the story of Aba traders will change. The visit of the Acting President is a testimony that something new is happening here.”
Professor Osinbajo who has since returned to Abuja, was also accompanied by the Industry, Trade and Investment Minister, Dr. Okey Enelamah, among several other senior government officials.
The Office of the Special Adviser on Economic Matters in the Presidency devised the idea of a Clinic to bridge the gap between medium and small scale businesses and government agencies such as Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC; Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON; National Agency for Food & Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC; Bank of Industry, BOI; Federal Inland Revenue Services, FIRS; Nigerian Export Promotion Council, NEPC; and others.
The Clinic is meant to bring together all those agencies in one spot and at appointed times across the country to attend to the needs, questions and requests of people doing business.
Accredited customers of the Corporate Affairs Commission, C.A.C, on Monday morning in Abuja, staged a protest at the commission’s headquarters and in the process disrupted services.
The group, consisting of lawyers, chartered accountants and secretaries across the country, blocked the entrance of the commission demanding for explanations to issues bordering on service deliveries and multiple payments.
According to the group, clients have lost confidence in them because management of the C.A.C have failed to deliver in their services.
They accused the management of poor service delivery and multiple payments from customers.
Meanwhile, management of the C.A.C says the situation is a minor issue that would be rectified within 24 hours.
They insisted they were doing all they could to provide good services to customers.
The Registrar-General of the C.A.C, Bello Mahmud, blamed the commission’s woes on a service provider who shut their server for two weeks. They claimed that the vendor had no rights to shut their server since they had kept their side of the agreement.
The commission also denied allegations by protesters that the disruption of services has led to loss of information, as the commission has no back-ups, hence the issues of multiple payments.
President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the constitution of the Boards of Directors of three agencies of the Federal Government- Nigerian Ports Authority, Corporate Affairs Commission and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety. The approval which was announced through a statement signed by the Secretary to the Government of Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim includes, Nigerian Ports Authority which has Tony Anenih as Chairman.
The date for the formal inauguration of the above Boards according to the statement will be announced in due course.
Other members the NPA board include Florence Ita Giwa, Hamza Dan Mahawi, Lekan Mustapha, Aminu Baba Danagundi, Austin Enyonnia Cosmos and Representative of the Ministry of Transport.
Also announced is the board of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety which has Lt. Col Agbu Kefas (Rtd) as Chairman.
Other members are Ibrahim Mark, Hassan Baba, Aliyu Usman, Representative of Ministry of Transport, Representative of Ministry of Labour and Representative of Nigeria Navy.
The board of Corporate Affairs Commission has Funsho Lawal as Chairman with members as Sanusi Maijama’a, (Rep. NACCIMA), Okoro Osita Franklin (Rep. NBA) Elizabeth Omereson, (Rep. ICAN), Ausbeth N. Ajagu, (Rep. MAN)
Edosa Aigbekeen, (Rep. SEC), N. Salma-Mann, (Rep. Min. of Trade & Investment), Prof. Adedeji Adekunle (Rep. Min of Justice), Rep. of Ministry of Finance.