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How to Legally Register a School in Nigeria (2020)

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It is important to register your school in Nigeria if you have one. It is not just enough to know how to start a school in Nigeria or run one. Registering your school means it is duly recognized by the Nigerian government, having gone through the Corporate Affairs Commission. An interesting thing worthy of note is that you might not be able to set up a corporate bank account for your established school if it is not duly registered. The good thing is that you can register your school and get your certificate ready within 10 working days.

For a school to be set up in Nigeria, it must be registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) as a business name or limited liability company. The procedure for how to register a school in Nigeria and getting the vital endorsement from the government administration to guarantee the school is working legitimately must be commenced with due incorporation with the CAC. Furthermore, a training institute can also be registered with the CAC either as a business name or a limited liability company.

In this post, we have detailed the necessary steps cum procedures to have your school legally registered. Meanwhile, you can check the CAC Registration Fees in Nigeria.

How to Legally Register a School in Nigeria (2020)

How to Legally Register a School in Nigeria

Below are the requirements for the registration of a school as a business name in Nigeria (2020):

  • The proposed name of the school (2 names must be submitted)
  • The address of the school
  • The functions and objectives of the school
  • Particulars of the School Proprietor(s) – (copy of their identification card, which could be National passport/National Identity card/Driver’s license or voters card)
  • Age, phone numbers, email address and residential address of the school proprietor(s).
  • 2 passport photographs of the School proprietor(s)

Requirements for Registration of a school as a Private Limited Liability Company:

  • The proposed name of the school (2 names must be submitted)
  • The address of the school
  • The authorized share capital of the school
  • The objectives of the school
  • Particulars of the 2 directors and shareholders of the school – (copy of their identification card, which could be National passport/National Identity card/Driver’s license or voters card)
  • Age, phone numbers, email address and residential address of the 2 directors and shareholders.

Upon successful registration of the School as a business name, a certificate of incorporation and a form CAC/BN/1 shall be issued to the proprietor. Where the registration of the school is done through private limited liability company, the school the Certificate of Incorporation, a Form CAC 1.1 and a Memorandum and Article of Association shall be issued to the Directors.

Approval from the Ministry of Education

The following are the steps for obtaining the approval for the school from the Ministry of Education in Nigeria:

  • A formal application shall be made to the Ministry of Education of the state where the school is located
  • 1st inspection of the school by the officials of the Ministry of educations. The inspection here ranges from inspection of toilets, classroom and administrative blocks.
  • Submission of approval forms by the School to the Ministry of Education.
  • 2nd inspection of the school by the officials of the Ministry of Education. The inspection here ranges from inspection of curriculum textbooks and other items.
  • Approval certificate awarded to the school after satisfaction by the Ministry officials upon the 2nd inspection.

After successful registration of a school with the Corporate Affairs Commission, the next thing to be done is obtaining approval from the Ministry of Education in the state where the school is located.

Conclusion

Finally, for any school to be duly registered in Nigeria, such schools must have been registered with the CAC in accordance with the provisions of the Companies and Allied Matters Act LFN 2004. Upon registration of such a school, approval must be gotten from the ministry of education of the state before the commencement of operation.

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