How To Start & Register A Non Governmental Organization (NGO) In Nigeria

An NGO is basically an organization that is set up not to make profit,but with the aim of serving the public.

This post contains all the information that you need to know about starting and registering an NGO in Nigeria. 

How To Start & Register A Non Governmental Organization (NGO) In Nigeria

First of all you should be familiar with the way an NGO is run. 
A Non Governmental Organization is run under the supervision of people known as trustee and any financial asset is overseen by the trustees.

Funds and money is generated by members of the public that have the interest of the NGO at heart and also money is generated through fund-raising.

You can start and register an NGO in nigeria easily without the help of a legal practitioner.

The next steps to follow is explained below: 

1. Choose A Name

This is the first step to starting and registering an NGO in Nigeria,you should choose a name that sounds like a Non Governmental Organization,examples of NGO names in Nigeria are Nigerian Youth Action Rangers,Organization for the Advancement of African Women (ORGAAW) Etc

2. Register Your Chosen Name

The next step is for you to choose up to three names that corresponds with the main mission of the NGO. 

Most NGO names end with words like organization,foundation,association,initiative,and trust. 
Poceed to the Cooperate Affairs Commission (CAC),the CAC will determine the availability of your chosen NGO names for registration.

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3. Meet The Requirements

Before you can register your organization, there are certain documents/items that must be presented to the CAC before you can succeed with the registration,the documents needed are: 
  • 1. A list of Executive members of the organization.
  • 2. A formal application letter stating the reason for forming the NGO.
  • 3. Two copies of the applicant’s constitution. The constitution should consist of:
  • (a) Aims
  • (b) Provision for trustees in the guidelines
  • (c) Custody of the common seal
  • (d) Appointment of auditors
  • (e) Provisions for meetings
  • (f) Amendment clause
  • (g) Special clause
  • 4. A document to show the aim and objectives of the organization.
  • 5. A common metal seal for inspection.
  • 6. Minutes of the meeting showing where special clause rules were adopted into the constitution of the organization, signed by secretary and chairman.
  • 2 passport sized photographs of the trustees (Applicants)
  • Minutes of the meeting showing when the trustees were appointed as well as the voting pattern and it should be signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the board.
  • Trustees’ names and signature on the application form (Encl D) and provide permanent residential addresses.
  • A N20,000 Naira draft in favour of CAC made payable in Abuja.
  • Two photocopies of the application form.
  • Application form duly signed by secretary and chairman of the board.
  • Trustees declaration forms duly signed by each trustee and deposed to at a high court of Justice in Nigeria.
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These are the documents and procedures for the registration of an NGO in Nigeria,after the NGO is registered you will be required to place adverts showing the name of the organization and the objectives. 

The advert should be placed in two national dailies and one local newspaper.

After doing this,you have succeeded in starting and registering an NGO in Nigeria.