How to Register and Start and NGO in Nigeria

A non-governmental organization (NGO) is not for profit organization that is independent from states and international governmental organizations.

They may be funded by donations and are run primarily by volunteers.

NGOs voluntarily caters for the community, help the needy, the motherless, orphans, disabled, even to the youth, widows, just anyway to help the society, it is a way you can give back to the community. Individuals may be interested in starting a NGO or a group it only takes a few steps to get registered in Nigeria.

Nigeria is in need of those who would take responsibility for the economy, if we’ll just contribute in our own little way, NGOs may also be an empowerment platform created to enlighten the community and strengthen their productive capacity, look for a way you can help your nation and begin to contribute.

Some NGOs function locally while others function nationally and internationally, depending on the scope of their activities.

Some examples of NGOs are the Red Cross Society, All Nigeria United Nations students’ and youth association (ANUNSA), Breast cancer association of Nigeria (BRECAN) and many more.

How To Register An NGO In Nigeria

A non-governmental organization must be registered with the Cooperate Affairs Commission (CAC)

According to provisions of the companies and allied matters act (CAMA) 1990, it may be registered as a company limited by guarantee or as incorporated trustee.
Note that a company limited by guarantee can only be registered with the authority of the Attorney general of the federation.
In registering an NGO as incorporated trustees,
The process starts with an availability check. This is a search for the business name to see if there is any other business entity currently registered by that name.
Once the business name is approved by the corporate affairs commission, it means you can proceed to the next phase which is the procurement of an application form containing the memorandum of guidance.
You must do a publication of notice of the incorporation on at least three national dailies, one of which must be a local paper which is usually circulated in the area where the NGO will be located.

The final stage is submission of the completed application (in three copies) to the corporate affairs commission.

Requirements For Registering An NGO In Nigeria

When submitting the completed application form at the corporate affairs commission, you must go with the following:
Application letter (formal)

2 copies of applicant’s constitution

2 copies of application form duly signed by the chairman and secretary of the board

Original newspaper publications

2 passport photographs of applicants

Bank draft of N20, 000 in favor of CAC, payable in Abuja

Detailed minute of the meeting where the board of trustees were appointed with a list of attendance as well as absentees, along with votes and duly signed by the chairman and secretary of the board

Also minutes of the meeting where the special clause rule was adopted into the constitution of the organization signed by the secretary and chairman of the board

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