How to register an NGO in Nigeria


There are over 300 Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Nigeria and more are still incorporating there names as a legal entity with the Cooperate Affairs Commission (CAC).

So if you’ll be registering your organisation as an NGO in Nigeria but don’t know how, fret not, this tutorial will give you the break down of the entire process within few minutes.
But before then, you may want to know that the Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) are sometimes refer to as the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).

They are organizations that encompasses bunch of voluntary citizens that are ready to push for a common goal. They are active performer of humanitarian functions and services, too.

While NGO isn’t a commercial body, they’re often organised around certain issues like human rights, health care, girl-child right, etc. Nonetheless, they are duty bound to be registered as an entity before the Corporate Affairs Commission.

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Steps to registering an NGO in Nigeria

There is a statutory laid down instruction for the complete registration of an NGO in Nigeria. The registration is a bit similar to what is entrenched in Part A and Part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA).
Hence, this tutorial on how to register an NGO in Nigeria will only explain the stipulated guidelines contains under Part C of the Act.

STEP 1: Check for name availability
When it comes to legal entity registration, the first thing is to conduct a name search to see if the proposed organization name is available or not.
Usually, it’s advisable to prepare at least 2 names or so, in case the primary name is not available to pick then the alternate one will come in to play a role.

STEP 2: Choose your board of trustees


It’s expected of every Non-governmental Organizations to be governed or managed by Board of Trustees. They are equivalent to shareholder or director in a registered or incorporated company. 

Therefore, prepare your Trustees towards the organization registration as they’ll be responsible for the governing and managing the association.

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STEP 3: Publication of intention

Once the organization chosen name has been approved and the board of trustees are in place, what is next step for the successful registration of the NGO is for the Trustees to publish a notification (with 3 different newspapers) of intention to incorporate their NGO.

STEP 4: Submission of the application form

The last step is to fill the application form and submit it to the right body saddled with the responsibility (CAC). The application form isn’t difficult to understand; all it contains are the NGO approved name, address, the organization aims and objectives in brief, etc.
Also, the form requires the Board of Trustees personal details such as their names, permanent residential addresses, sex, occupation, nationality, etc.

Equally, the completed form will be submitted together with other documentation such as the application letter, two copies of the organization constitution, original newspaper publications, a copy of the minutes of the meeting when the trustees were chosen, etc.

STEP 5: Review

There’s nothing left at this stage except for the Corporate Affairs Commission to review your application and if you meet all there requirements, the NGO will be registered under the CAC and you can commence your operation immediately.




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