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Abike Dabiri-Erewa: FG to evacuate students stranded in Sudan

NIDCOM Chairperson Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

The Chairperson and CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has insisted that the Federal Government is making “tremendous progress” to evacuate stranded Nigerian students in conflict-hit Sudan.

Dabiri-Erewa, made the disclosure on Monday that every Nigerian student in the North African country now has a point of contact.

The former House member said “Buses will take them to a location. We’re looking at places in Egypt: Luxor and some other placed there. So, really there’s been tremendous progress as Mr President has given his nod immediately this happened, so there’s a lot”.

There was the problem of Nigerian students in Sudan leaving their universities without authorisation.

“The issue of those students that gathered together, took a bus somewhere, here’s the thing: they’ve all had to go back to their universities because it was very risky of them.

“Just imagine in a war situation, you just see 20 buses moving without any permission from the military authorities, we’ll endanger the lives. So, that is why they’ve had to return.”

The NIDCOM chairperson also cautioned against certain mobilisation efforts from the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) pooling funds to facilitate the transportation of the stranded students away from their campuses.

“NANS, which I understand came up with this thing of ‘pay $100, come somewhere,’ the things is, move to where? So, there’s no point taking you from one danger to another danger.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas