11 Requirements For NGO Registration in Nigeria According to CAMA 2020

Last updated on August 26th, 2022 at 04:30 pm

The process of application for the registration of a Non-Governmental Organisation in Nigeria is adequately provided in the Company and Allied Matters Act, 2020.

The aforementioned association of people falls under the Incorporated Trustees and their mode of making such body a legal with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) is completely different from business name and liability company.

We’ll dissect the entire process for simplicity purposes in order to handle the process by yourself in case you are under a very tight budget.

But the fact that you’re under a tight budget may lead to multiple rejections by the CAC team if you failed to follow the process as stipulated under CAMA


What are NGOs

NGOs are non-profit making body, associations of people, or organisations that are bound together by a common goal to improve the well-being of the underprivileged in the society at large.

The entities under incorporated trustees independently source for funds for the management of their association while some of them like the Non-Governmental Organisation gets grants from the international organisation if their course is well articulated and are making an impact in their locality.

If you are using a third party like a certified CAC agent for the registration, you are definitely going to provide the below information to commence work on your request.

  • Organization’s Name
  • Details Of Organisation
  • Trustees Details
  • Chairman of organisation
  • Status of trustee secretary
  • Letterhead Paper
  • Organization’s Aims And Objectives
  • Organisation’s Constitution
  • Application for registration
  • Newspapers Advertisement
  • Minutes of Meeting

Organization’s Name

Under this section, you may be required to provide three unique names for your organization, NGO, foundation, and club among others.

The essence of providing three names is to have a wide range of options in case one isn’t available, others will be. It’s called the proposed name.

Specifically, Section 823 (1) of CAMA 2020 which focuses on the Incorporation of trustees of certain communities, bodies, and associations stated that:

Where two or more trustees are appointed by any community of persons bound together by custom, religion, kinship or nationality or by anybody or association of persons established for any religious, educational, literary, scientific, social, development, cultural, sporting or charitable purpose, they may, if so authorised by the community, body or association (in this Act referred to as “the association”) apply to the Commission in the manner provided for registration under this Act as a corporate body.

Details Of NGS

This is the area where some applicants get wrong. You must include details of the office address of the NGO or organisation and include an active email address.

Trustees Details

As stated in point number two, you clearly state the name and address of the trustees. This section must include the following:

  • Name of Trustee
  • Date of Birth
  • Contact Address
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Means of Identification
  • And the signature of trustees
  • Passport Photograph of Trustee

Chairman Of NGO

According to CAMA 2020, your application must clearly state who is appointed the chairman of the organization among the trustees.

Status Of NGO Secretary

At the same time, you state whether the secretary is also a trustee. In a situation whereby the secretary isn’t a member, you’re expected to state his or her details.

NGO Aims And Objectives

The aims and objectives of the organisation must align with the purpose for which it’s established.

For instance, the aims of an NGO that is centred on the importance of educating young girls may include making a community realise the importance of sending their girls to school.


If it’s an organisation, your constitution must clearly state how funds generated among members would be utilized.

Application For Registration

You must accompany your application with a written application for registration of the Incorporated Trustee which must be signed.

Newspapers Advertisement

It must include cuts of the original newspapers advertisement. Everything has gone digital, as such, you may request a digital copy of the page from the publishing newspaper organisation.

The newspaper must be well circulated in the location where the NGO or association is domiciled.

Minutes of Meeting

Application for registration of Incorporated Trustees requires a copy of the extract of the Minutes of Meeting where the trustees were appointed.

You must include the list of the members present and absent and show the voting pattern, signed by the Chairman and Secretary.

Don’t forget that these details must be on the official letterhead paper of the organisation.

That’s how to register a non-profit organisation!

Are you ready to begin the registration of your NGO?

Set up an account on CAC official portal and make sure you read and perfectly understand the laws guiding Trustees registration.

If you want us to handle this for you, use our contact us page or send a message to us on WhatsApp at: https://wa.me/message/AQINCQHHZ3T2C1


Section 826 (1) of CAM 2020 clearly states the appointment of trustees. As such the following people are not qualified to be appointed or act as a trustee:

  • An infant
  • Person of unsound mind
  • Undischarged bankrupt
  • A person who has been convicted of an offence involving fraud or dishonesty within five years of his proposed appointment.

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