Members of the Nigerian Bar Association (“NBA”) would have seen a notice dated 1st June 2021 from the Corporate Affairs Commission (“CAC”) reminding accredited agents of the CAC to revalidate their status as agents with the CAC. Accredited agents are required to pay for such revalidation on or before 10th June 2021 or risk a suspension of their accounts.
You will recall that in my update of 22nd May 2021 on the above subject, I had chronicled the circumstances that led to the unfortunate strike action by members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (“JUSUN”); the efforts initially taken by my team and I to avert the said strike; and the mediatory efforts that the Nigerian Bar Association (“NBA”) has been playing towards bringing the strike action to a fruitful end so that our courts can re-open for business.
As you are already aware, on 6th April 2021, Courts across Nigeria were shut down due to the strike action by members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (“JUSUN”) who are pressing home their demands for full financial autonomy of the Judiciary. No doubt, the strike action has taken its toll on our members whose activities revolve around the court system. The situation is unfortunate but as you will note from my report, whilst the Nigerian Bar Association (“NBA”) did not agree with the timing of the strike, we could not have stood back once the strike action began. This is because of the primacy of the issue in dispute and its connection with our core objectives as an Association.
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) held her 1st National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of 2021 on March 18, 2021 at the Emerald Event Centre, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The attention of the Nigerian Bar Association (“NBA”) has been drawn to a directive credited to the Registrar-General of the Corporate Affairs Commission (“CAC”) to the effect that accredited agents of the CAC, including lawyers, are to revalidate their status as agents with the CAC and pay the sum of Ten Thousand Naira (₦10,000), failing which the defaulting agents may be unable to access the CAC’s Portal.