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Every company in Nigeria needs to be fully registered to operate in Nigeria. This includes registering with the Corporate Affairs Commission, obtaining a Tax ID Number, obtaining a license/permit from the specific regulatory authority etc. In this article, we shall focus on the frequently asked questions by foreigners when trying to register their company in Nigeria.

Company registration in Nigeria

How much does it cost to register a company in Nigeria?

There are various factors that determine the cost of registering a company in Nigeria as there is no fixed or definite price. The factors that determines the cost of registering a company include:

  1. Whether it is owned by Nigerian or a foreigner
  2. The nature/ sector where the company is to be registered
  3. The size of the share capital of the company
  4. The type of entity

What are the requirements for registering a company in Nigeria?

  1. Choose two suitable proposed name.
  2. The objectives of the company will be provided
  3. The registered principal address of the company
  4. The share capital and shareholding formula among shareholders will be required
  5. The identification card and particulars of at least one director will be required
  6. Identity card and particulars of the secretary
  7. The identification card and particulars of the shareholders
  8. The memorandum and articles of association of the company

Can an individual register a company in Nigeria?

Yes! An individual can form a company so far as he complies with the requirements of a private company and among other such a person must be above eighteen (18), he must be of sound mind, he must not be an undischarged bankrupt etc.

Types of company registration in Nigeria

There are various types of company and entity that can be registered in Nigeria, it include:

  1. Private Limited Company (LTD)
  2. Public Limited Company (PLC)
  3. Companies limited by guarantee
  4. Unlimited Companies

How to check if a company is registered in Nigeria

The public preliminary search can be done online. This can be followed by a comprehensive check which can only be done on a proper application to the Corporate Affairs Commission, after which a search report will be received. This corporate search will have further details such as the Name of Directors, Shareholders and certain essential information relating to the company.


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