CAN flays Federal Government over insistence on Wedding License

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The Christian Association of Nigeria has taken a swipe at the Federal Government over its insistence that places of worship must obtain licenses from the Ministry of Interior before conducting weddings under the Marriage Act.

CAN’s Legal Adviser, Samuel Kwamkur, in an interview with journalists, said the Federal Government had an ulterior motive for insisting that churches must obtain licenses from the Interior ministry.

The Association stated this just as the Ministry of Interior said statutory weddings conducted in places of worship that were not licensed by it were not legal.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Georgina Ehuriah, had at a stakeholders’ conference on Wednesday last week, said only 314 worship centres in the country were licensed to contract statutory weddings.

She had said arrangements were going on to give couples whose certificates were not issued in line with the Act the opportunity to bring them to conformity.

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