Source: This Day (Abuja)
By Michael Olugbode
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the National Commission for Refugee, Migrants and Internally Displaced People (NCFRMI)
and the National Population Commission (NPC) are working towards having zero stateless people in Nigeria.
The United Nations has targeted 2024 as the year to end statelessness on the globe.
In order to achieve this in the country, UNHCR, NCFRMI and NPC started an exercise at IDP camps in Abuja to get unregistered people registered and have birth certificates.
Nigeria had during the High-Level Segment on Statelessness held in Geneva in 2019, pledged to scale up issuance of birth registration and certification and national identity numbers including to Internally Displaced People (IDP), refugees, and returnees.
The country also in November 2020, at the Federal Executive Council, adopted the National Action Plan (NAP) on Prevention of Statelessness in Nigeria, especially with a focus on prevention of childhood statelessness.