In Nigeria, there are certain individuals who are prohibited from serving as a director of a company. The Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) outlines these disqualifications and restrictions.
1. INSOLVENT INDIVIDUALS: An individual who is declared bankrupt or is under a debt management plan is disqualified from being a director.
2. CONVICTED FELONS: Convicted felons: Individuals who have been convicted of an offense involving dishonesty or fraud are not eligible to serve as a director.
3. MINORS: Individuals who are below the age of 18 years are not eligible to serve as a director.
4. UNFIT INDIVIDUALS: Individuals who have been found to be of unsound mind or who are under a legal disability are prohibited from being a director.
5. DISQUALIFIED DIRECTORS: Individuals who have been disqualified from serving as a director by a court order or regulatory authority are not eligible to serve in this capacity.
It is important to note that the disqualifications outlined above apply to both executive and non-executive directors. Additionally, if a director is found to have acted in contravention of these restrictions, they may be held liable for their actions and face sanctions, including fines and imprisonment.
In conclusion, being a director of a company in Nigeria comes with its own set of responsibilities and obligations. It is important for individuals to ensure that they are eligible and qualified to serve in this capacity before accepting a directorship appointment.
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