To sweeten the deal, CAC registration comes with “benefits” such as N50,000 in cash and a free trip to the United Kingdom, it says.
The commission regulates the creation and management of businesses in Nigeria.
“FEDERAL GORVERNMENT HAS APPROVED ALL SELF EMPLOYED AND BUSSINESS OWNERS TO CARRY-OUT THEIR C.A.C(CORPORATE AFFAIR COMMISSION REGISTRATION ONLINE FREE OF CHARGE,” the misspelled, all-caps and poorly worded message reads.
Helpfully, it includes a link.
Covid relief plan for three months in 2020
FREE 250,000 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BUSINESS NAMES REGISTRATION FOR MSMEs— Corporate Affairs Commission (@cacnigeria1) November 2, 2020
Please find below the email addresses of the Aggregators for the FGN Free Business Names Registration: pic.twitter.com/9ETDdRzVUV
“If you come across the message below, please ignore! CAC is not a party to it,” the tweet reads.
If you come across the message below, please ignore! CAC is not a party to it. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/cXltSCmxAP— Corporate Affairs Commission (@cacnigeria1) May 20, 2021
The message is false. Nigeria’s federal government did approve free company name registration, but only as a Covid relief scheme offered to 250,000 businesses that ran for three months in 2020.
The scheme did not include the “benefits” listed in the message.
Africa Check has debunked several false and misleading messages that manipulate the Nigerian government’s efforts to relieve the economic hardship caused by Covid.
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