Must my company secretary be a lawyer?

Must my company secretary be a lawyer?

April 01, 2019

Generally, your company secretary does not have to be a lawyer. However, where your company is a public company, the Companies and Allied Matters Act stipulates that your company secretary must be a member of a professional body which could be of lawyers, secretaries, accountants or doctors, etc, depending on what field your company would specialize in.

 

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