The Nigerian government has said the cost of its new federal marriage certificate is N21,000 while licensing of place of worship is N30,000.
The director, Citizenship and Business, Federal Ministry of Interior, Steve Okon, who disclosed explained that places of worship will now be licensed individually, not as a group.
The Anglican Communion in Nigeria will need to license its churches one by one for them yo qualify as places of worship for purposes of conducting marriages.
“If the Catholic Church in Wuse is licenced and the Catholic Church in Kubwa is not, if you conduct your wedding in Kubwa, then your certificate is invalid,” he said.
The Nigerian government last week began issuing new federal marriage certificate.
Existing couples who do not have their certificate issued by the Ministry of Interior are advised to visit the ministry’s website to re-certify their marriage certificates.
It reported that 4,689 places of worship are registered and 314 have renewed their licences.
Mr Okon said after licensing a place of worship, 25 copies of the marriage certificate are given to it at the cost of N2,500.