Alhaji Garba Abubakar was appointed the Registrar General/CEO of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) on 7th January, 2020. He obtained his law degree at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1988 and was called to the bar in 1989.
Until his appointment, he was the Director in charge of Compliance/Litigation at the CAC. He had earlier served as the Special Adviser to the former Registrar General between 2010 and 2017. In that position, he championed the reforms on ease of doing business particularly in the areas of Electronic Registration, Consolidation of Registration Forms, Integration of the CAC Registration Portal with the FIRS Stamp Duty Portal, Reduction of Registration fees, Direct Registration by First Directors/Subscribers as well as the Creation of Public Search Window which provides free information to the public on all entities registered by CAC.
He is also a member of the Financial Services Regulation Coordinating Committee (FSRCC), the National Steering Committee on Open Government Partnership and the Governing Council of the NBA Section on Business Law. He had served on the Governing Boards of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) and the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA).
He was involved in the design of some of the critical reforms in the Corporate and Financial sectors as a member of various committees.
Some of these committees include: Legal Framework Subcommittee of FSS 2020, National Steering Committee on the Establishment of National Collateral Registry, Legal and Enforcement Subcommittee of the FSRCC, National Steering Committee on Harmonisation of Codes of Corporate Governance, Inter Ministerial Committee on AML/CFT, Inter Ministerial Committee on Ease of Doing Business, FSRCC Work Stream 4 on Early Intervention Measures and Crisis Management Continuum On Systemic Financial Crisis in Nigeria as well as In-house Committee on the Re-enactment of the Companies and Allied Matters Act.
Mr. Abubakar had worked with the National Insurance Corporation of Nigeria (NICON) between 1995 and 2004. He resigned in April 2004 as Senior Manager (Perfection & Securitisation) to take up appointment with the CAC. Mr Abubakar was appointed Board Member of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) on the 9th of December, 2019.