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This article will provide the necessary guidance if you intend to register an NGO in Nigeria.


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It includes the legal requirements as well as a step-by-step guide for those looking to register incorporated trustees in Nigeria.

What is an NGO?

A Non-governmental Organization (NGO) is a voluntary group that is not under the control of the government and is not in business to make a profit, but rather to meet specific societal needs. NGOs are mostly funded by a country’s government, but they can also be funded by private individuals or groups, as well as foundations.

Depending on the scope of their activities, some NGOs operate locally, while others operate nationally and internationally. NGOs include the Red Cross Society, the All Nigeria United Nations Students’ and Youth Association (ANUNSA), the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), and others. So, if you want to improve the lives of a group of people in society, alleviate poverty, and set a standard for future generations to follow, I recommend that you start an NGO. In the following paragraphs, you will learn everything you need to know about NGOs and how to get started.

How To Register NGO In Nigeria

The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) office in Nigeria is in charge of NGO registration. You can register by submitting the Trustees applications to the CAC, who will review and either approve or reject your registration. However, certain steps must be taken prior to submitting the application.


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When the CAC approves the registration, it will issue a certificate as proof of registration.

To register an NGO, a number of steps must be taken.

The first step would be for the community or association to hold a meeting to elect trustees and other members of the governing body. The minutes of this meeting are to be kept during the meeting. The appointed chairman and secretary would also sign the minutes.

The next step is to conduct a name search and availability to determine which name the NGO will use. Following the completion of the name and availability searches, and after a name has been approved and reserved (usually for sixty days), the trustees would publicize their intention to register the NGO in two newspapers. One of the newspapers must be a national publication, while the other could be a local publication.

The purpose of the newspaper publication is to raise public awareness of the trustee’s intention to register, as well as to allow anyone who has an objection to notify the CAC of their objections. The newspaper is usually published for 28 days.

After 28 days, if there are no objections, the elected secretary of the organization (usually with the assistance of a solicitor) would draft an application for registration of the organization. At this point, the NGO would be registered online under the approved name. After submitting the application online, all forms and documents are downloaded and printed, and the chairman, secretary, and other trustees sign next to their names. The NGO’s common seal would also be affixed to the documents.


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The trustees’ declaration forms would then be notarized. This will be done by a notary public or attested to by the commissioner for oaths, both of whom will witness the trustees’ signatures. After signing, stamping, and sealing all documents, they will be scanned and uploaded to the CAC online portal. If you want to register an NGO, this is the last step.

Nigerian NGO Registration Requirements

You must include the following when submitting the completed application form to the corporate affairs commission:

Letter of application (formal)

Two (2) copies of the applicant’s constitution

Original newspaper publications and two copies of the application form signed by the chairman and secretary of the board

2 passport photographs of applicants N20,000 bank draft in favour of CAC, payable in Abuja

Detailed minute of the meeting at which the board of trustees was appointed, including a list of attendees and absentees, as well as votes, and duly signed by the chairman and secretary of the board.

Many people in the country want to do something meaningful for the poor and needy, the youth, widows, and even the unemployed. Some have made it a must-achieve goal, while others consider it a wish. Some people in Nigeria have started non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to help society develop. We should not delegate all responsibilities to the government, even when some individuals or groups have the ability to alleviate some of these social problems and save lives. This is why many people have begun to realize the goal of bringing positive change to their society by establishing NGOs in Nigeria today.

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This article was first published on 3rd August 2022

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