Getting your Non profit Organization Registered in Nigeria

A lot of us are passionate about certain charitable causes and the only way to carry out these activities legally is by the Registration of NGO in Nigeria. A Non-Governmental Organization  (NGO) is one that is set up without any affiliations with the government and with the sole aim of providing certain benefits to the society.

These organizations are usually in religious, educational, literary, scientific, socio-cultural, sports oriented or charitable in nature. Unlike most corporate bodies that are registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), the aim of a NGO is not to make profit. How then is the Registration of NGO in Nigeria done? Keep reading to find out!


Registration of NGO in Nigeria can be done under any of the following categories as prescribed by law;

  1. Incorporated trustees 
  2. A company limited by guarantee 

Although any of the two forms is suitable for the Registration of NGO in Nigeria, the most widely used is the “Incorporated Trustees”, this is due to the fact that the process of registering a Company limited by guarantee is more cumbersome and the consent of the Attorney General of the Federation is also required.

The procedure for registering an NGO as an Incorporated Trustee in Nigeria will be highlighted below:


The mission and vision of the NGO must be known and possible names suggested. The trustees should also be appointed.  


Conduct a search with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to check if the proposed NGO name is available for reservation. Only a name that is not identical to an existing registered organization in Nigeria can be reserved and this can be done online on the CAC website. In the event that the name is available, it will be reserved and an approval note will be sent to that effect.


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


Publication of Notice to Register in two (2) newspapers, 1 National and 1 Local  with a minimum size of 8cm x 2 or 3”x 2 signed by the person making the publication clearly stating the name of the association, the full names of the trustees, the aims of the association and Must call for objections to the registration of the association.


Submission of the duly completed application form in triplicate which should be accompanied by the following;

  1. A formal letter of application
  2. The original newspaper publications
  3. 2 copies of Applicant’s constitution that meet the requirement of the law
  4. Minutes of the meeting whereat the trustees were appointed, having the list of members present and absent and showing the voting pattern, signed by Chairman and Secretary of the Board
  5. Minutes of the meeting where the special clause rules was adopted into the constitution of the organization; signed by Secretary and Chairman
  6. Trustees (Applicants) have to attach 2 passport sized photographs of themselves
  7. Trustees have to sign against their names on the application form and furnish permanent residential addresses
  8. The impression of the common seal should be affixed on page 11 of the form and
  9. Payment of Required fees
  10. Two copies of the application form
  11. Application form duly signed by Secretary and Chairman of the Board


If after the advertisement, no objection is received within 28 or where any objection is received, and the same is rejected, the Commission shall upon satisfaction that the application is in compliance with the provisions of the Act assent to the application and register the trustees and issue a certificate in the prescribed form as well as the Certified True Copy of the Constitution.

The Certificate of Incorporation of the NGO will be issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission after duly approved. The NGO attains a legal personality upon incorporation, which is vested only on the incorporated trustees and not on all the members. The minimum number of trustees that can be registered is one but in practice, it is better to have two. 

At Sidebrief, we are experienced in helping with the Registration of NGOs such as Churches, Mosques, Charity Organizations, Community Associations etc. With prices starting from One hundred and twenty thousand Naira on (120,000)  you can have your NGO Registered. 

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