Reps’ delegation arrives Romania, commences supervision of evacuation of Nigerians from Ukraine



A delegation of the House of Representatives, led by the House Leader, Hon. Alhassan Ado- Doguwa, Thursday, arrived Bucharest, Romania, to commence oversight and assist in the process of evacuating Nigerian nationals, who are mainly students, fleeing Ukraine as a result of the 7-day old attack on the country by Russia.

It would be recalled that following the resolution of the House at plenary last week, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, had mandated the House Leader, Ado-Doguwa and Hon. (Dr.) Yusuf Buba, Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, to proceed to the war-torn region to ensure that every Nigerian that desires to return home from the epicentre of the conflicts is given the support to do us. 

A motion in that regard had earlier been moved by Hon. Ahmed Mannir representing  Lere Federal Constituency of Kaduna State.

Nkem Anyata-Lafia, Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs to Hon Buba, in a statement on Thursday, said the lawmakers departed the country  yesterday after very close monitoring of the degenerating situation in the last few days.

He said the legislators maintained close contacts with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Nigerian Missions in Ukraine, Bucharest, Budapest, Warsaw and other regional neighbouring countries to Ukraine, as well as the fleeing Nigerian nationals.

Anyata-Lafia said the delegation was received on arrival by officials of the Nigerian Missions in the area. 

“The delegation was subsequently led to meet with Nigerian evacuees who were already at the airport awaiting the first flight that would leave for Nigeria.

“While interacting with the Nigerian nationals, most of whom are students, the delegation conveyed to them the goodwill of the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives, expressing the hope that the conflicts will soon be over and that no Nigerian national will have any cause to suffer any harm or deprivation in the end as a result of the conflicts,” the statement said. 

It would be recalled that, both the executive and the legislature are united in the bid to ensure that no Nigerian life is lost in the Russia-Ukraine conflicts.

The directive of Gbajabiamila at plenary last week had indicated that nothing would be spared on the part of the Green Chambers to evacuate  Nigerian nationals from the theatre of conflicts to safety.
By the flight itinerary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was contained in a release signed by its Permanent Secretary,Amb.Gabriel Aduda, late Tuesday night, evacuation of Nigerians would be done via two Nigerian Airlines; Air Peace and Max Air. 
Both airlines, via separate routes, are expected to, in the first batch, return to Nigeria today, Thursday, March 3.
Over 2000 Nigerian nationals fleeing the conflicts in Ukraine as at Tuesday midnight had been received by Nigerian Missions in countries around the area, including Slovakia, Romania, Poland and Hungary. 
According to official figures from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nigeria, there are about five thousand six hundred Nigerian nationals in Ukraine, most of whom are students.


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