By Henry Umor
ABUJA – THE Senate, Tuesday passed into law, a bill for an Act to repeal the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990, CAMA amendment bill, which is the biggest business reform bill in Nigeria in over 28 years.
The bill for a Act to repeal the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990( CAP C20, LFN2004) and Enact the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2018 was read the third time and passed, waiting to be transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for subsequent assent.
The passage will be a new dawn for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) development in Nigeria, as the country will now join a select group of countries with attractive investment environments.
The adoption of the of the report of the Senate Committee on Trade and Investment by the Senate, was sequel to the presentation of the report by Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf, APC, Taraba Central.
The new Bill, once it is passed and signed into law, will help to make Nigeria’s business environment as competitive as its counterparts around the world; allow business owners to now register their businesses in a faster and more efficient way of using technology; removes all the unnecessary regulatory provisions such as the requirement for ‘annual general meetings’ and ‘company secretaries’; and reduces the minimum share capital for all companies and start-ups in Nigeria which will encourage more investments and create new jobs.
CAMA will also create the ‘LLP’ (Limited Liability Partnership) which is a new form of legal identity for businesses in Nigeria that is targeted at increasing foreign investment in the country; as well as guarantees that Nigerians will be able to register their businesses from anywhere in the country through the e-Registration system that the Senate’s amendment gives legal backing.
In his remarks after the passage of the Bill, Senate President, Bukola Saraki who described the passage of CAMA as a significant milestone in the 8th Senate’s Legislative Agenda, said, “With the passage of CAMA, which is by far the biggest and one of the most far-reaching legislation ever passed in any legislature in our country, we have now put in place a regulatory framework to promote the ease of doing business and reduce regulatory hurdles.
“This is a pro-business law. This bill that we have just passed will show the audacity that we have to move Nigerian businesses into a new era of success and development.
“We are truly now walking the talk. With the passage of CAMA, we are saying to the rest of the world that Nigeria is ready for business and the government of Nigeria is ready to support small scale industries to promote innovations, and encourage enterprise.
“It will not have been done without the effort of all my colleagues. I thank you for this great day in showing that truly the National Assembly is here in support of Nigerians to create an environment that enables them to be able to create business and seek opportunities.”