The Ministry Of Interior says that marriages conducted at unlicensed places of worship are a breach of the Marriage Act.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Mrs Georgina Ehuriah, stated this during the South-South/southeast stakeholders’ conference on conduct of statutory marriage in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
Ehuriah said that only 4,725 licensed places of worship in Nigeria had updated their records with the ministry, while 314 had renewed their licences to conduct statutory marriages.
“The implication of this is that marriages conducted in unlicensed places of worship are not in line with the Marriage Act and cannot serve legal purposes when the need arises,” she said.
Ehuriah stated that the conference would provide a veritable platform for stakeholders to initiate concrete steps to resolve all outstanding issues that had created unnecessary friction between the ministry in the exercise of its constitutional roles over time.
– PM News