There's jubilation among bachelors in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State Capital, as the Federal Government announces a downward review of the fees chargeable for services related to the Conduct of Statutory Marriages under the Marriage Act 2004.
The new fees takes effect from this Wednesday, 1st July 2020.
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola announced this in a Public Notice signed by the Permanent Secretary and Principal Registrar of Marriages in Nigeria, Georgina Ehuriah.
The statement explained that the adjustment was an off-shoot of the recommendations by stakeholders at the Sensitization Conferences held across the country in the third quarter of 2019.
According to the statement, “the fees chargeable for the Issuance of Fresh Marriage Licence to a place of Public Worship has been reduced from N30,000 for two years to N6,000 yearly, payable for five years in the first instance”.
The ministry added that “for the Renewal of Marriage Licence by a Place of Public Worship, the sum of N5,000 has been approved per year, payable for three years at each instance, as against the N30,000 earlier charged annually”.
The fees chargeable for Statutory Ordinary Marriage has also been cut down from N21,000 to N15,000 while that of Statutory Special Licence has been slashed from N35,000 to N25,000.