THE Federal Government has approved the reduction of fees chargeable for services related to statutory marriage under the Marriage Act across the country towards promoting statutory marriages.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who disclosed this in a Public Notice signed by Georgina Ehuriah, the Permanent Secretary and Principal Registrar of Marriages in Nigeria emphasized the new reduction would commence from July 1, 2020.
The statement reads in part;
“For the issuance of fresh marriage certificate, the fee has been slashed from N30,000 for two years to N6,000 yearly, payable for five years in the first instance, while the fee for renewal of marriage licence by a place of public worship has been reduced from N30,000 to N5,000, signifying 83 percent reduction.
“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 years at each instance, as against the N30,000 earlier charged annually.
“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”.
Aregbesola said the decision is based on recommendations made by stakeholders at the sensitisation conferences held across the country in the third quarter of 2019, and therefore called on stakeholders in places of worship to take note of the reviews to enable members of the public take advantage of the reduction in fees.