The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved a downward review of the chargeable fees for services related to the marriage licence to at least, 83%.
Brandnewsday gathered that the FG made this approval for the downward deduction for the Conduct of Statutory Marriage under the Marriage Act CAP M6 LFN 2004 to start from Wednesday, 1st July 2020.
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola made this known in a Public Notice signed by the Permanent Secretary and Principal Registrar of Marriages in Nigeria, Georgina Ehuriah, adding that the adjustment was an off-shoot of the recommendations made by stakeholders at the Sensitization Conferences held across the country in the third quarter of 2019.
Marriage Licence Fees
Aregbesola stated that the fees chargeable for the Issuance of Fresh Marriage Licence to a place of Public Worship has been reduced from N30,000 for two (2) years to N6,000 yearly, payable for five years in the first instance.
According to the Minister, for the Renewal of Marriage Licence by a Place of Public Worship, the sum of N5,000 has been approved per year, payable for three (3) years at each instance, as against the N30,000 earlier charged annually.
Speaking further, he stated that the fees chargeable for Statutory Ordinary Marriage has also been cut down from N21,000 to N15,000 while that of Statutory Special Licence has been slashed from N35,000 to N25,000.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Interior disclosed that the link for the new development has been created on the Ministry’s website: Click here.
To enable the development, Aregbesola urges States and Local Governments to access the Ministry’s automation platform for services relating to the conduct of Statutory Marriage in the country. He also called on stakeholders to take advantage of the reduction in fees to licence their Places of Public Worship and continue to celebrate Statutory Marriage as specified by the Law.