Source: Voice of Nigeria / News Agency of Nigeria
The Federal Government of Nigeria has inaugurated a High-Level Steering Committee (HLSC) for the eradication of statelessness in Nigeria and to kickstart the implementation of its five-key priority activities.
The Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Interior, Mr. Afonja Ajibola, made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
According to him, the Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Committee, Rauf Aregbesola, made this known at the inaugural meeting of the HLSC in Abuja.
The minister defined statelessness as an emerging global phenomenon in which a person is not considered or recognised as a national by any nation or state under the operation of its laws.
“It is a human right and it’s also a developmental, peace and security issue which affects the dignity of vulnerable persons.
“It strips the affected person of his or her human rights and portrays stateless persons as worthless.
“This violates the non-discriminatory provision of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.”