Business activities at the headquarters of the Corporate Affairs Commission in Abuja was paralysed for close to two hours on Monday as lawyers stormed the organisation to protest what they described as poor services.
Monday’s protest came about seven months after the lawyers similarly disrupted activities at the CAC in February over poor services.
One of the protesting lawyers, who gave his name as Kenneth Osaze, told our correspondent during the protest that the services being rendered by the commission were getting worse.
He said, “The Registrar-General and his management team should resign since they cannot meet up with their promises. We have lost clients and revenue yet, there has not been any explanation from the CAC.
“There is practically nothing happening in the commission. Lawyers now lose clients; we now appear like fools to our clients. On name search and availability, we have put in for this procedure for over two months now and it still has not come.
“In fact, someone fainted in the queue waiting for name search. For six weeks now, we have been in line and nothing has happened.”
Reacting to the allegations, the Registrar-General, CAC, Mr. Bello Mahmud, denied that some services had been paralysed for two months, but admitted that there had been issues in the past two weeks.
Mahmud said, “The reason for this is that the vendor the commission was using shut the commission’s system down, making the system inaccessible, and that was as soon as he got part payment for the work he had done.
“He did that because the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, brought in a new company to manage the software of the commission; and now that the commission is switching to a new software, we had an agreement with the old vendor that we would continue our contract with his company, but he still went ahead and shut down the system,
“I gave him a good assurance, even wanting to go into a written agreement with him, but he was not convinced. I assured him that we would continue to do business, but he still went ahead and shut the system, as he could not imagine someone else coming with a new software to take over his job.
“Luckily, the CAC has a database, which the new vendor used for installation; that is what has helped the commission.”