Statutory marriage: FG to set up registries nationwide

The federal government has declared its intention to set up marriage registries in all the 36 state capitals in the country as part of efforts at ensuring uniformity in the conduct of statutory marriage.

A statement released in Abuja by the ministry’s director of press, 

 Mohammed Manga, quoted Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Barr. Georgina Ehuriah as stating this in Port Harcourt while declaring open a one-day sensitisation conference on the conduct of statutory marriages in Nigeria with the theme: “Achieving Harmonious Compliance in the Conduct of Statutory Marriage in Nigeria.”

She said arrangements were also underway to establish new federal marriage registries in Umuahia, Abia state and Uyo in Akwa Ibom state, to address the challenges faced by couples in the South-south and South-east zones.

Barr Ehuriah further said, “The ministry is presently considering some of the recommendations made by stakeholders in the course of the conference like, extending the validity period for licences issued to places of worship for the celebration of marriages as well as downward review of the fees payable by couples for conduct of statutory marriages in federal marriage registries.”

She added that “machinery has also been put in place for the amendment of the Marriage Act to adequately meet the needs of the 21st century.”

The Registrar General of Marriages in Nigeria disclosed further that, arrangements are on-going to give couples whose certificate were not issued in line with the Act the opportunity to bring them to conformity.

According to her, the Ministry is exploring the possibility of integrating the marriage registries operated by Local Governments into its online platform so as to bring them in conformity with the Marriage Act.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Director, Citizenship & Business Department of the Ministry, Stephen Okon, said the conference was necessitated by the challenges faced by citizens because of wrong documentation of their marriages which have led to series of litigations.

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