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Registering an NGO in Nigeria

To register an NGO (non-governmental organization) in Nigeria, you will need to follow a specific process, which may vary depending on the specific goals and activities of your organization. Here is a general overview of the steps you will need to take:


Choose a name for your NGO: You will need to choose a name for your organization that is not already being used by another NGO. You should also ensure that the name you choose is appropriate and reflects the goals of your organization.


Form a board of trustees: An NGO in Nigeria must have a board of trustees, which is responsible for the overall management and direction of the organization. The board of trustees should consist of at least five individuals who are committed to the goals of the organization.


Develop a constitution: Your NGO will need to have a written constitution that outlines the purpose, activities, and governance of the organization. The constitution should be based on the goals and principles of your organization and should be approved by the board of trustees.


Register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC): To register your NGO in Nigeria, you will need to file the appropriate documents with the CAC, which is the government agency responsible for registering and regulating NGOs in the country. You will need to submit a completed application form, a copy of your NGO’s constitution, and the applicable fees.


Obtain any necessary permits or licenses: Depending on the specific activities of your NGO, you may need to obtain additional permits or licenses from the relevant authorities. For example, if your NGO will be involved in fundraising activities, you may need to obtain a permit from the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU).

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