CAMA: Senate Moves To Boost Nigeria’s Business Environment


BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – The Senate, as part of measures aimed at strengthening the country’s economy through the business sector in Nigeria, will on Tuesday March 10, 2020, consider a critical bill seeking to amend the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA).
The piece of legislation, sponsored by the Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (APC – Kebbi North), proposes to amend the Companies and Allied Matters Act (Chapter C20) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 (CAMA).
The law, which has not been significantly amended in the last 28 years, was enacted in Nigeria as part of the decrees promulgated by the military government in 1990.
A summary of the bill showed that when passed into law, will reorganize and liberate the business landscape in Nigerian from the hitherto heavy constraints of several provisions in the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990, that were responsible for obstructing modern business practices in the light of national and global business reforms.
The Bill also seeks to provide an efficient means of regulating businesses, minimizing compliance burden of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), enhance transparency and shareholder engagement, and promote a friendly business climate in Nigeria.
The Bill is also expected to address the seeming stagnancy and primitive methods of doing business in Nigeria with a view to meet up with the present international best practice as well as promote ease of doing business.
The introduction of model netting provisions in the Bill as a means of mitigating credit risks, according to Abdullahi, would promote financial stability and investor confidence in the Nigerian Financial Sector, and increase investor confidence in the Nigerian Financial Sector as well as all sectors of the economy.
Similarly, economic impact of the provisions of the Bill would ensure more business-friendly regulation for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
The amendment to CAMA is also expected to have the potential to increase activities of MSMEs, with the overall effect of growing the Nigerian economy in the process, providing more jobs and guaranteeing economic stability.
Reacting to the introduction of the bill by the Ninth Assembly, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said its passage and assent into law will rank Nigeria in the first 100 countries in ease of doing business.
Lawan said the Senate will expeditiously consider and pass the bill into law given its significance towards strengthening the economy.
According to him; “Presently, were are one hundred and thirty-one in the ranking of doing business in the world. If we pass the CAMA bill, and the President signs, we will move to be within the first one hundred. That means we will jump over thirty positions to be a better country in the ease of doing business. So, it is a very important bill for all of us.
“Of course, in the last Senate, all the processes were conducted on this bill, so there will be no need for us to waste too much time on it,” Lawan said.

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