The Nigerian government under President Muhammadu Buhari has given an indication to inspect places of worship for the issuance of Licences to conduct Statutory Marriages and renewal of existing ones. This indication was contained in notice titled: ”Public Notice for organisations and Public Places of Worship” issued by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Interior and Principal Registrar of Marriage in Nigeria, Dr Shuaib Belgore.
According to the notice, the initiative was in line with the Second Schedule of the Marriage Act, Cap 6, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and the approved Legal Notices vide Federal Government Official Gazette Nos. 55, 56, 59, 60, 61 & 62, Volume 108 of 2021, adding that the services attract payment of fees that are mandatory for those who apply for the services.
Meanwhile, individuals and organizations who desire more information on the payment process have been directed to log on to the Ministry’s website on www.ecitiz.interior.gov.ng for payment or call the ministry’s e-citibiz contact centre on 07000099999 (Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm, and can also be reached via: email@example.com,ng. during weekdays and weekends.
The same process, according to the notice also applies to expatriate quota application in Nigeria, which is granted for an initial period of three years, and renewable for further periods of two years each subject to a cap of 10 years within which time the relevant skills comprised in the position ought to have been transferred to qualified Nigerians.