Nigerians No Longer Need Lawyers to Register Their Businesses – CAC

The Registrar-General of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Bello Mahmud, has said Nigerians no longer need a lawyer to register their businesses with the commission.

He said on Thursday at the second presidential economic communication workshop in Abuja.

Mahmud stated that the commission had made the process of registration easier as entrepreneurs can register by themselves at their offices.

“We have reduced the cost of registering a business by 50 percent. You don’t need a lawyer to register your business for you anymore.

“You can ?now do it yourself. The process is easy now.

?”You can now register your business anywhere at our offices in Lagos, Kano and Enugu,” he said.

Police Order Registration Of Herdsmen In Ondo

Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Hilda Harrison, yesterday said her command could no longer fold its arms and allow the excesses of Fulani herdsmen to go unchecked. Harrison ordered that all herdsmen operating in the state should be registered for identification purposes. She warned that unregistered cattle rearers would not be allowed to operate in the state, saying the head of the Hausa/ Fulani community where such herdsmen foment trouble would be held responsible.

The police commissioner spoke at an interactive session with stakeholders in Akure, the state capital. Stakeholders at the meeting included local farmers, heads of Hausa/ Fulani communities across the state, traditional rulers and leaders of Miyyatti Allah. She said: “Farmers and cattle rearers have been living together in this state before now. We need to come together, especially now that the price of petroleum products has come down; also, we should go back to the farm.

“We cannot do without one another and we must realise we need each other to earn our daily bread. Therefore, let us make efforts to promote peace in the state. “We are going to register every Hausa/Fulani community in the state. The leaders must know the number of herdsmen in their various camps. They must be registered and have identity cards. Henceforth, the leaders will be held responsible for the activities of the herdsmen.

“Nobody can take law into his or her hand. It will catch up with you. We can never compromise law and order. Police cannot fold their arms and allow a breakdown of law and order.”

Harrison urged farmers in the state not to go on any reprisal attack whenever they have issues with the herdsmen, saying “two wrongs don’t make a right.”

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FRSC Clears Air On Motor Vehicle Registration, License Plates

Following repeated complaints from Nigerians about the discrepancies in obtaining motor vehicle licence plates, the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has issued a statement to clarify issues bordering on vehicle registration in the country.

The statement said the FRSC is only required by law to produce license plates for onward distribution to states’ internal revenue boards.

The statement, which was signed by the agency’s head of media relations and strategy, Mr. Bisi Kazeem, said only states are permitted by law to issue number plates to citizens.

“The FRSC responsibility is to design and produce vehicle number plates by virtue of Section 5(g) and Section 10 sub section 3(f) of the Federal Road Safety Commission (Establishment) Act, 2007. After production, the number plates are handed over to the States through States Boards of Internal Revenue (SBIRs) who now sell to the public.”

Nigerians have berated the FRSC for its handling of motor vehicle registration across the country, describing it as “cumbersome” and “exploitative.”

But in his statement, Mr. Kazeem said the FRSC does not partake in decisions about license plates fees but only collaborates with states to set national standards and develop reliable database for motor vehicles.

“The payment for number plates by motorists is strictly within the purview of the States since such payments are regarded as road taxes. In like manner, registration of vehicles is also the responsibility of the State Licensing Authorities. The FRSC however, collaborates with the State agencies involved to set national standards anto develop a reliable national database for all registered vehicles in Nigeria.”

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CBN Extends BVN Registration For Armed Forces

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has approved the extension of registration for the Biometric Verification Number (BVN) for men of the Armed Forces.

The Deputy Governor Operations of the CBN, Mr Suleiman Barau, gave a hint about the extention at a budget defense session in the National Assembly on Monday.

He told the Senate Committee on Appropriation that the CBN had received the request of the Defense Minister for an extension of the deadline for the BVN registration.

Mr Barau, who came along with other relevant stakeholders concerned with the proposed 465 billion Naira Supplementary Budget, said that the bank understood the plight of the military operatives.

Earlier, the Minister of Defense, Mr Dan Ali Mohammed, had asked the Senate Committee on Appropriation to intervene and urged the CBN to extend the BVN registration for military operatives.

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Compulsory Registration Of Fulani Herdsmen & Animals In S/West Set To Commence

The leadership of the Fulani commu­nity in the South West region rose from an emergency meeting in Ibadan, at the weekend, with a resolve to embark on compulsory registra­tion of all herdsmen op­erating in the various states of the geo-political zone, including their ani­mals.

The move is targeted at putting an end to the crisis between the herds­men and farmers in the region.

The registration is ex­pected to ensure effective monitoring of the activi­ties of the herdsmen by their host communities and security operatives to guard against un­wholesome behaviors.

The meeting, which lasted for over six hours was held inside the Sasa Palace of the Sardauna Yamma and Chairman of the Sarkin Hausa was in the 17 southern states, Alhaji Haruna Maiyasin.

Maiyasin, while ad­dressing journalists on the resolutions, called for cooperation of the host communities, in­cluding the various state and local governments in supporting the Fulani leadership to effectively implement the proposed registration exercise.

The Sarkin Sasa of Ibadanland said the meeting also mandated Fulani parents to keep close watch on their chil­dren and wards to ensure that they do not engage in anti-social behaviors or consumption of hard drugs.

The Fulani commu­nity then expressed de­light over the proactive measures taken by secu­rity operatives, which led to the arrest and sub­sequent prosecution of suspected kidnappers of Afenifere chieftain and former Secretary to the Government of the Fed­eration, Chief Olu Falae.

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INEC To Conduct Voter Registration In Kogi, Bayelsa On September 2 & 7

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will commence Continuous Voter Registration in Kogi and Bayelsa States on September 2 through September 7, ahead of the governorship elections in both states.

According to the commission’s daily bulletin issued and obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) monday in Abuja, the exercise will take place at the local government areas in the states from 8a.m. to 4p.m. daily.

It stated that the five-day exercise would afford opportunity for three groups of eligible persons to be registered.

The groups, the commission said, were those who were eligible but did not register before the 2015 general election and who were registered but their names were not in the voters’ register.

“The other is those who have attained the age of 18 since the last registration exercise,’’ it added.

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CBN Names 12 BVN Registration Centres Abroad

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN has named twelve approved centres across Europe, North America, Asia, Middle East and Africa to facilitate the Bank Verification Number, BVN registration exercise for Nigerian banks’ customers in the Diaspora. The approved centres include the ones in Washington DC, Atlanta, New York and Houston, United States of America; Johannesburg, South Africa; Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, China; New Delhi, India; London and Leicester, United Kingdom; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

CBN also disclosed that, “Online Integrated Solutions OIS has been engaged to establish stations for data capture and generation of BVN at a fee of GBP30 per transaction, payable by the customer. The company is expected to capture necessary data for online transmission to the Nigeria Interbank Settlement System, NIBSS who would therefore generate the BVN and communicate same to the customer.

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CBN Begins BVN Registration For Nigerians Abroad

As part of its efforts towards the full implementation of the BVN project, the central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, in collaboration with key stakeholders in the Nigerian banking industry has finalized the guidelines for the enrollment of Nigerian banks’ customers in Diaspora.

The plan is to roll out this operation in 12 locations in the first phase. These locations are Leicester, New York, Atlanta, Washington DC, Houston, Johannesburg, Beijing, Shangai, Ghuanghzou, Dubai and New Deihi. The second phase will include locations with lower concentrations of Nigerians which will be accommodated through schedule sessions for defied periods.

This was contained in a circular obtained from the CBN website yesterday signed by its director of Banking and Payments System Department, Dipo Fatokun, with Ref: BPS/DIR/GEN/05/009 addressed to all deposit money banks and the general public.

The circular, which provided the framework for the enrollment of Nigerian banks’ customers in Diaspora for bank verification number issuance, stated that Nigerian banks customers in Diaspora could present themselves for enrollment for the BVN without travelling to Nigeria.

The CBN advised customers of Nigerian banks to present themselves to the offshore branches/subsidiaries of any Nigerian deposit money bank, where such facilities have been made available for the enrollment for the BVN.

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Why CBN Extended BVN Registration Deadline

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN), yesterday extended the deadline for customers to enrol for the Bank Verification Number (BVN) by four months till October 31, 2015.

Director, Banking and Payments System Department, CBN, Mr. Dipo Fatokun, announced the extension in a circular to the public.

The circular stated:  “You would recall that as part of its effort in the implementation of the Bank Verification Number (BVN) project, the Central Bank of Nigeria issued circulars stipulating milestones for the successful completion of the project. One of such milestones was that by June 30, all Deposit Money Banks (DMB) customers should have the BVN. Any bank customer without the BVN attached to the account would be deemed to have inadequate requirement with respect to the Know Your Customer (KYC) guidelines.

“It has come to our notice that the BVN registration has elicited tremendous interest from the Nigerian banks’ customers who crowded the bank halls, in order to beat deadline. Furthermore, there is need to give Nigerian banks’ customers in diaspora, ample time to enrol on the programme. The guideline for their enrolment is being finalised and will be released soon.

“In view of the foregoing, it has become imperative for the bank to extend the timeline for all bank customers to have the BVN. The deadline for enrolment is hereby extended from June 30, 2015 to October 31, 2015. This extension is expected to facilitate a smooth completion of the registration exercise.”

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CBN Rules Out BVN Registration Extension As Deadline Approaches

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has ruled out the possibility of an extension of the deadline for customers to register for the Bank Verification Number (BVN) which closes tomorrow, Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

The director, Corporate Communications, CBN, Ibrahim Mu’azu, who spoke to a reporter on the telephone, yesterday, said that the window was open for one and a half years and customers had ample opportunity to register.

According to him, as at the last check over 14 million bank customers have already registered.

Mu’azu assured that not having the BVN will not prevent bank customers from making transactions, such as payments and withdrawals, on their accounts. However, he said that customers using remote access services, such as internet banking and other services online, and even Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), would not be able to transact business.

Meanwhile, the apex bank also directed banks to provide online platforms for Nigerians in diaspora to register. Although the registration closes tomorrow, many customers are still unaware of the BVN or its benefits, especially Nigerians living outside the country but who have accounts with local banks.