Source: Nigeria News
By Uzoma Okafor
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Wednesday in Abuja commenced a two-day workshop with relevant stakeholders to adopt priority targets in the National Action Plan to End Statelessness in Nigeria.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workshop was part of the programme to mark the commemoration of the fourth year anniversary of the global “I belong Campaign’’ to end statelessness by 2024”.The 10-point National Action Plan includes key targets, activities, goals, implementing authorities and time-frame to ensure that Nigeria meets the 2024 target.
Mr Jose-Antonio Canhandula, UNHCR’s Country Representative to Nigeria, said that the aim of the workshop was to identify urgent actions most peculiar to Nigeria that increases the risks of statelessness.
He explained that some actions in the global and regional plans may not apply to all countries hence the need for individual countries to develop its National Action Plan to end the menace at country level.
Canhandula said that once the draft National Action Plan was finalised, the Government Focal Point on statelessness would submit it to the Minister of Interior for approval.
He said that the Interior Minister, would further submit the document to the Federal Executive Council for the final approval.