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CSOs Prepare for Senate Public Hearing on CAMA Amendment

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Civil society organisations (CSOs) from across Nigeria met at a Public Consultative meeting organised by Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) with support from the European Union and the British Council’s EU-ACT project, to discuss the provisions of a bill to amend the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), 2020. At the meeting which held in Abuja on Monday, 21st February 2022, civil society groups extensively discussed the proposed amendments to CAMA as it relates to the operations of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), contained in a Senate bill (SB 904) sponsored by Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe. At the meeting, CSOs proffered suggestions and made inputs for a common position to be presented during the Public Hearing on the bill, set for mid-March 2022. The Consultative meeting also had representatives from the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), a representative from the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), etc. The meeting agreed that there was a need to review the controversial section 839 of CAMA, which provides for the arbitrary suspension of trustees and appointment of interim managers for NGOs.