Sunday, 26 July 2020

Dr. Ajibade Reacts To Protests Over CAC`s Public Notice On Delivery & Receipt Of Incorporation Documents, Calls for Greater Unity & Collaboration Among Segments Within The Profession For A Quicker Resolution of Issues


I have noted the complaints, protests and agitation by some of our colleagues with regard to the prevailing situation at the Corporate Affairs Commission, arising from measures the Commission has taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I understand many Counsel have been made to spend endless hours in front of the Commission in an attempt to conduct business.


I recognize that work at the Commission constitutes a significant part of the legal services rendered by many of our colleagues and I appreciate the plight of the lawyers who have had to spend several man-hours in order to attend to seemingly routine tasks.


However, I also understand the risk of exposure to COVID-19 associated with large gatherings of people at this time. I understand that the Commission is obliged to take steps it considers necessary to comply with the social distancing regulations issued by the NCDC.


With this set of conflicting needs and obligations, we must find a way of managing the situation. This is one of the reasons why I have consistently advocated for greater unity and collaboration among the different segments of our profession. The Registrar-General of the Commission and most of the senior management are our colleagues and we need to engage and work more actively with them in finding mutually satisfactory solutions to the issues that have been thrown up by this pandemic. We must explore the increased use of technology to address some of these issues even as we settle into our new normal.


I have spoken with the Registrar-General and he has assured me that the Commission takes these issues seriously and is doing its best to ease the pains of our colleagues, within the limits of present constraints. I urge that we exercise some patience as we continue with this engagement.


Let's do better.


Dr. Babatunde Ajibade, SAN, FCIArb


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