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How to Register a NGO in Nigeria


A NGO which stands for Non-Governmental Organisation is any non-profit oriented organisation which sole purpose is to achieve a societal cause of helping people.

So many Nigerians have a dream of starting their own NGO or non-profit organisation but fail to fully kick start on their dream because they do not know how to register their NGO in Nigeria. You do not need a lawyer or any legal practitioner to help you register your NGO.

Starting a NGO in Nigeria requires registering with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). Part of the registration process is to check if your proposed NGO’s name is available.

Below are the required steps to register a NGO in Nigeria

1. Name Availability Check

2. Procurement of application form which contains a memorandum for the guidance of application.

3. Publication of notices in three (3) newspapers with one being a local newspaper where your NGO will be located.

Submitting Your NGO Application.

Application forms should be submitted in triplicate (3 copies each) accompanied with the following documents:

  • A formal letter of application.
  • Three (3) original newspaper publications.
  • Two (2) copies of Applicant’s constitution (Minutes of the meeting) where the trustees were appointed, having the complete list of members showing the voting pattern, signed by Chairman and Secretary.
  • Documentation of the meeting (minute) when all founding members of the boards, voting patterns with a secretary and chairman were selected.
  • Documentation of the meeting (minute) when organisation’s rules and constitutions were formed signed by the selected secretary and chairman.
  • Two (2) recent passport photographs of the Applicants.
  • Signature and permanent residential address of the applicants against their names.
  • Payment of #20,000 to CAC in Abuja
  • Two (2) copies of application form




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