The Minister of the Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has reaffirmed the federal government’s commitment to ensure the proper conduct of legal marriages in the country.
Aregbesola, who announced this at the 2021 National Stakeholder Conference on Legal Marriage Administration on Friday in Abuja said it had become imperative due to the prevailing marital challenges in the country.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, who The Minister noted that the ministry was responsible for the conduct of legal marriages in Nigeria as well as for authorizing public places of worship to celebrate legal marriages.
Aregbesola added that it was the responsibility of the ministry legal marriages were conducted in accordance with the Marriage Act Cap M6, LFN 2004, as amended.
He recalled that the Ministry would hold its first stakeholder conferences on the conduct of legal marriages in Th The third quarter of 2019 in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt said an important recommendation for the meetings was the need for further conferences to educate the public on issues related to marriages in Nigeria The Minister stated that all of these efforts are aimed at ensure that marriages in Nigeria are conducted in accordance with the Marriage Act for the benefit of the individuals involved .
“This conference is one of many more that are pending. Continuous education and information of the public about the importance of legal marriages and the legally recognized marriage certificate (FORM E).
” The conference is also intended to inform and inform stakeholders about various innovations in the administration of legal marriages. Provide a platform for a solid exchange of ideas that will promote the institution of marriage is the law that provides the procedure, however, it applies to legal marriages in Nigeria.
“However, the law has been amended several times, the most recent being 2004.
“It is therefore a great pleasure for me to inform you about one of the most important achievements of the ministry, namely the successful review of the content of the 2nd appendix to the marriage law, which is considered to be legal Notice is known.
“The review has brought the legal notice in line with the current administrative and political realities in Nigeria, while amendments to other sections of the Marriage Act are still ongoing,” he said.
Aregbesola thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his prompt approval and approval of the amended legal notices as contained in the CAP M6 Marriage Act, Federal Laws of Nigeria, 2004.
The Minister stated that the amended legal notice had so far changed the dynamics of the administration and behavior of legal marriages in Nigeria.
This, he said, also calmed the ongoing disagreement between the ministry and the registrars the local government, in that the regional authorities and regional development councils of the federal capital territory are designated as marriage districts.
“The nice thing about these The agreement is to bring the ministry’s services closer to the grassroots through the marriage registers, reducing the need to travel relatively long distances to get married in a federal marriage register.
“This new regime requires the strict adherence to administrative and legal procedures when conducting legal marriages.
“To achieve this, the Ministry has set up an Enforcement, Inspection and Investigation Department (EI&I) whose job it is to ensure that the registers of places of worship and marriages are adhered to with the provisions of the marriage law; This makes for a pleasant marital experience for couples.
“To promote this amendment, the department felt it was necessary to educate stakeholders and educate the public about some new guidelines and important aspects of the administration of legal marriages .
“Some of them are that the Ministry of the Interior has sole administrative responsibility for licensing public places of worship to conduct legal marriages in Nigeria.
” Local councils recently recognized as Marriage wards have been designated, can now appoint civil servants to the local government and are required to obtain marriage certificate booklets from the Home Office. ”He promised that All necessary administrative arrangements would be made to effectively and efficiently distribute the marriage certificates to all local councils and places of worship throughout Land to distribute.
Ac According to him, the Ministry would control the activities of Monitor local government registers and ensure that they provide adequate conditions for legal marriages to take place.
“I have approved the establishment of 20 new federal marriage registers and efforts. Federal marriages registers continue to exist in all federal state capitals”, he said.
The minister was optimistic that with the amended law and strict adherence to legal marriage guidelines by couples, the incessant challenges in marriage would be drastically reduced.
The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Mr. Ayokunle Olasupo, represented by Deputy Secretary Sanyaolu Biodun, recognized the ministry’s efforts in the field of legal marriage management.
“What us in the Christian community concerns, we recognize and appreciate your efforts to make our marriages successful.
“For us in Christian marriage it we have reinforced our teaching marriages. We have set up a counseling service that helps couples understand the importance of marriage. “
The CAN President identified insecurity and the poor economic situation in the country as factors that speak against marriages in the country, and said that governments at all levels should tackle projects that address the suffering of the country Alleviate people.
Olasupo also called on the federal government to step up its efforts to rid the country of criminal elements.
The President-General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs of Nigeria (NSCIA) , Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar the 111, who was led by Dr. Talmiz Usman also noted that marriage is very sacrosanct in people’s lives.
“On this basis, we have stepped up our counseling efforts to ensure that couples first understand the importance of marriage and understand why they want to be husbands and wives.
” That’s because we have recognized that many marriages are breaking down, which is all for urgent attention and a conference of this nature. ”
Abubakar urged Nigerians to view marriage as a union of life rather than something to be entered into pops in and out at will.