Source: The Guarduan (Abuja)
By Tina Abeku, Abuja
The Federal Government yesterday launched a National Action Plan, (NAP), to eradicate statelessness in Nigeria in line with the international treaties and conventions on the status of stateless persons towards upholding basic human rights, ending vulnerability to exploitation and trafficking of stateless individuals.
Launching the action plan yesterday in Abuja, minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola, explained that statelessness, a situation where an individual(s), are not considered citizens or nationals under the operation of the laws of any country, has to lead to a number of abuse and difficulties such as lack of legal right to protection and voting franchise, lack of access to employment and education, the inability to process travel documents resulting in long term separation from loved ones among others.
He adduced major causes of statelessness to displacement due to war and natural disasters, conflict of the law, transfer of territory, ambiguity in marriage law, discrimination, lack of birth registration, denationalization and denunciation among others.