The federal government has stated its intention to set up marriage registries in the 36 state capitals in the country. This, it said, would ensure uniformity in the conduct of statutory marriages across the country.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah, broke the news on Thursday in Port Harcourt, the River State capital, while opening a 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, the Abia State capital, and Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, to address the challenges faced by couples in the Southsouth and Southeast.
Ehuriah 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 the conduct of statutory marriages in Federal marriage registries.” Read more