Ministers receive symbolic African citizens' passports

Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A group of civil society organisations has issued symbolic 'African citizens' passports to African Ministers attending the Executive Council meeting of the AU which opened Thursday in Accra, Ghana as a way of sensitising African leaders to recognise African citizenship as a precursor to attaining a United States of Africa.
"The green passport, which adopts the official colour of the AU, is a call to African governments to ease the restrictions on travel for African citizens across the continent," the group, which includes Oxfam and Actionaid, said in a statement.
"The abolition of travel visas would be the first step in the adoption of a Protocol on free movement of persons, goods and services in Africa," it said.
The organisations said they intended to raise the profile of African citizenship in the proposal to establish a union government, which is the sole agenda of the 9th ordinary summit of African leaders scheduled 1-3 July in Accra.
"The passport is a response to a growing demand by African citizens for an easing of restrictions on travel within Africa by African governments as a pre-condition for African citizenship," they said.
The symbolic passport, which carries an Africa logo, contains a call on the African governments to "allow the bearer to freely pass, trade, work and reside in all parts of Africa with full rights, entitlements and responsibilities of citizenship".

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