- The federal government said it is considering creating marriage registries in all the 36 state capitals in the country
- According to the Ministry of Interior, the step is to ensure uniformity in the conduct of statutory marriages in the country
- The ministry added that a machinery has also been put in place to amend the Marriage Act to adequately meet the needs of the 21st century
The federal government of Nigeria has reportedly unveiled plans to set up marriage registries in all the 36 state capitals in the country.
Daily Trust reports that the director of press and public relations of the Ministry of Interior, Mohammed Manga, quoted the permanent secretary of the ministry, Barr. Georgina Ehuriah, as disclosing this on Thursday, August 15, in Port Harcourt, River state, while declaring open a one-day sensitisation conference on the conduct of statutory marriages in Nigeria.
The conference was themed Achieving Harmonious Compliance in the Conduct of Statutory Marriage in Nigeria. It was reportedly necessitated by the challenges faced by citizens because of wrong documentation of their marriages which have led to series of litigations.
She noted that the step was pertinent in ensuring uniformity in the conduct of statutory marriages in the country, adding that the 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 southeast zones.
Barr. Ehuriah further said that “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 “a machinery has also been put in place for the amendment of the Marriage Act to adequately meet the needs of the 21st century”.
Ehuriah also said that arrangements were on-going to give couples whose certificate were not issued in line with the Act the opportunity to bring them to conformity.
She said that the ministry was 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.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Ehuriah said that only about 4,689 places of worship had updated their records with the ministry.
Ehuriah, speaking on Wednesday, July 24, at a one-day stakeholders’ conference on the conduct of statutory marriages in accordance with the Marriage Act cap, M6, LFN 2004, added that only 314 out of the 4,689 places of worship had renewed their licenses with the ministry to conduct statutory marriages.
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