The Federal Government is set to establish 20 marriage registries to ease access to statutory marriages, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola said on Friday.
He also said that arrangements have been made to extend the gesture to all the states of the federation.
Aregbesola, who made the disclosure during the 2021 National Stakeholders’ Conference on the Administration of Statutory Marriage in Abuja on Friday, said the move had become imperative because of the prevailing challenges associated with marriages in the country.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore, the minister noted that the ministry was responsible for the conduct of statutory marriages in Nigeria, as well as licensing of public places of worship for the celebration of statutory marriages in line with the Marriage Act Cap M6, LFN 2004 as amended.
He said: “I have approved the establishment of 20 new Federal Marriage Registries and efforts are ongoing to have Federal Marriage Registries in all the state capitals of the federation.”
The minister explained that all these efforts were geared towards ensuring that marriages were conducted in Nigeria in line with the marriage Act for the benefit of the people involved.
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