The Registrar General (RG) and the CEO of Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Barr Bello Mahmud has charged journalists to be objective in their reportage especially in this period in the life of our nation. He made this statement in a chat with some newsmen in his office when executives of the Correspondents Chapel of NUJ, Abuja honored him with an award of Meritorious Service.
Barr Bello Mahmud is serving a second term in office as the PG of CAC after finishing the first tenure that started in 2009.
The RG noted that some journalists do not care to get the other side of the story before going to the press. He said that journalists should endeavor to reach out to the person in the news in order to have balanced story. “I am not saying that the journalist should not do his job, he has to do it properly according to the ethics of the profession”, he said.
The above statement to journalists is coming in the heel of far-reaching strategic decision taking by the commission, such as; The stoppage of applications E-ticket which reads thus: “Notice is hereby given that henceforth the Commission will not process any application accompanied with E-ticket receipt instead of original stamp duty receipt except with the express approval of the Registrar General.
“In the same vein, any application accompanied with original stamp duty receipt bearing a name different from the name in the document presented for verification will also be rejected.
Customers are advised to comply to avoid unnecessary delay in the processing of their applications.”
Another of such strategic decisions is; the notice on the resolve of the commission to delist dormant companies. It reads thus; “The General Public is hereby notified that a list of 38,717 Names of Dormant Companies scheduled to be delisted in line with the provision of Section 525 of Companies and Allied Matters Act CAP C20 LFN 2004 for failing to file Annual Returns as and when due is available on the Commission’s website http://www.cac.gov.ng and all State offices for inspection.
All affected companies are advised to take steps to have their names removed from the list by filing the requisite annual returns and other statutory updates such as notice of appointment of Secretary, current directors and current registered office address on or before 31st December, 2015.
The remedial measure outlined above will be foreclosed when the list is gazette.
Also, all other companies who have not filed their annual returns up to date are enjoined to do so to avoid the risk of having their names struck – off from the Register of Companies.”
The latest of such strategic decisions is the suspension of search/availability at some of their offices. Here is the release; “This is to bring to the notice of our esteemed Customers that commencing from 1st September, 2016 application for Name Search/Availability will be suspended in our Abuja (Head Office and FCT Wuse Zone 5 Office), Enugu, Kaduna, Kano and Port Harcourt Offices.
Customers will be required to make their entries online through the Companies Registration Portal (CRP) and print the result themselves.
This notice is in furtherance of the Commission’s drive to deepen the use of the CRP for the benefit of the Customers.”
The RG said journalists are free to come for clarification on any of their releases before publishing to avoid misinforming the public.