The federal government has said the downward reviewed fees levied for the conduct of statutory marriage under the Marriage Act CAP M6 LFN 2004, would take effect from Wednesday, 1st July, 2020.
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola made the disclosure in a public notice signed by the permanent secretary and principal registrar of marriages in Nigeria, Georgina Ehuriah.
The planned review which was contained in a statement signed by the ministry’s director, press and public relations, Mohammed Manga explained that the adjustment was an off-shoot of the recommendations made by stakeholders at the sensitisation conferences held across the country in the third quarter of 2019.
According to the statement, the fee levied for the issuance of fresh marriage license to a place of public worship has been reduced from N30,000 for two years to N6,000 yearly and payable for five years in the first instance.
The minister stated further that, for the Renewal of Marriage License 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.
The minister added that the fee levied for statutory ordinary marriage has also been cut down from N21,000 to N15,000 while that of statutory special license has been slashed from N35,000 to N25,000.
Aregbesola said that a link has been created on the ministry’s website; (www.ecitibiz.interior.gov.ng) to enable states and local governments access its automation platform for services related to the conduct of statutory marriage in the country, just as he called on stakeholders to take advantage of the reduction in fees to license their places of public worship.
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