Bakassi Population (IDPS) in Ekpiri-Ikang and the Right to Work
This study examined the right to opportunity to employment of the choice of Bakassi population (IDPs) in Ekpiri-Ikang in Cross River State, Nigeria. Research method is qualitative and the study adopted Human Needs Theory (HNT). The study revealed that the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are fishermen and fisherwomen and were practising the occupation in Bakassi Peninsula before they were resettled in Ekpiri-Ikang. It was also found that there is neither sea, nor river, creek, channel or stream within or nearby the Ekpiri-Ikang environment where the IDPs can practise their occupation. It was further discovered that Nigeria has neglected to secure to the IDPs right to access to other employments to enable them achieve adequate standard of living and live a life of dignity. That the neglect is a contravention of the socio-economic rights conferred on the IDPs by the Constitution for which they can seek redress before an appropriate High Court. And the failure has the tendency to raise dissident citizens from the population, activate structural conflict and make youths become willing hands for enlistment into violent crimes. It therefore recommended that Nigeria should train and equip the IDPs to engage in alternative or other related sources of economic activities to enable them achieve adequate standard of living.
Keywords: Work, Worker, Right to work, Social Security and Bakassi population in Ekpiri-Ikang.