By Kufre Etuk
The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Uko Udom SAN, has hailed the ideals of Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria, ICSAN, toward entrenching corporate governance in organizations while picking holes on amended CAMA.
Speaking during a courtesy visit on him by the executive of ICSAN Akwa Ibom state chapter, the Attorney-General described ICSAN as organization deeply rooted in the Nigerian organizational system and expressed his delight that ICSAN is being rejuvenated in Akwa Ibom state.
Mr. Udom noted that the Ministry of Justice is a fertile ground for strong ICSAN membership in the state.
He assured ICSAN delegation that the Ministry of Justice would sponsor some staff to attend the 2021 conference and subsequently enroll some staff to take ICSAN’s qualifying examination.
The commissioner added that the partnership between the Ministry of Justice and ICSAN Akwa Ibom State chapter is of great advantage to the Ministry which according to him, will provide an opportunity to groom rounded practitioners who can operate very well in the corporate space.
Mr. Udom promised to be at the 2021 annual conference of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN), Akwa Ibom State chapter holding on the 24th of September 2021.
The Chief Law officer however, decried the amendment of the certain sections of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), which according to him has largely taken out professionalism from the practice of company secretaryship.
He said, “It’s unfortunate that we missed it when we allowed certain changes to be made in some sections of CAMA that now opened up the space for all kinds of people to be practitioners in the area of company secretaryship.
“In those days, it was only lawyers and members of ICSAN that could be Company Secretaries in an organization but today with the new amendment in CAMA you don’t even need to have a Company Secretary especially in smaller organizations”.
Earlier, speaking on behalf of the ICSAN executive, Barr. Ime Asibong appealed for partnership between Ministry of Justice and ICSAN through sponsorship of Ministry staff for the 2021 conference.
Barr. Asibong also advocated for synergy in the area of training, manpower development and capacity building by enrolling ministry staff for ICSAN’s professional trainings and qualifying examination.