The Corporate Affairs Commission has said it will remove 91,843 companies from its registry following their failure to file their annual returns.
This list, published on the commission’s website, shows a sudden reduction of 2,738 companies from the initial count of 94,581 disclosed back in August
Mr Garba Abubakar, the CAC’s Registrar-General and Chief Executive Officer, announced in July that the agency would erase 100,000 registered companies from its database for failing to complete an annual return.
He said, “CAC steps up enforcement of 100,000 companies to go off its register for failure to file an annual return.”
At the time, Abubakar announced that the commission would send notice of striking off to the affected companies before embarking on the action as enshrined in section 692 of the CAMA, 2020.
However, in an update on December 5, CAC said, “Further to its earlier notice of the commencement of striking off the names of Companies from the Register of Companies and published on August 2, 2023, the Commission hereby notifies the General Public that the list of Companies that have failed to comply with the provisions of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020, to file up to date annual returns is now ready for publication in accordance with the provisions of Section 692 of the Act.
“Companies who filed complete annual returns in response to the earlier publication are advised to confirm removal from the list of Companies to be struck off. The updated list for publication is available on the Commission’s website.”
It noted that any company that filed complete annual returns but still has its name on the list should send a mail with evidence of filing to [email protected] not later within 30 days.
It further stated that it is unlawful for any company whose name has been struck off the register of companies to carry on business unless its name is first restored to the register by an order of the Federal High Court.
It added, “The General Public should note further that the striking off of the name of a Company from the Register of Companies is without prejudice to the powers of the Commission to enforce any liability arising under the Act against the directors of the struck off Company”