Nigerian students in Ukraine have found themselves trapped in the middle of a fiery war zone. Public transport like buses, trains and planes stopped working after Ukraine imposed a state of emergency.
Following Russia’s invasion on Thursday, Nigerian citizens in the country have been urged to ‘remain calm but be highly vigilant and be responsible for their personal safety and security’, according to the Nigerian Embassy in Kyiv. .
Official records indicate that there are approximately 4,000 Nigerian students in Ukraine.
Provisions allowing Nigerians to enter at entry points in Poland, Romania and Hungary
Nigerian embassies have announced arrangements for Nigerians seeking to leave Ukraine. Citizens have the possibility to cross to Poland.
“For Nigerians in Ukraine trying to cross into Poland, there are eight borders between Poland and Ukraine, four borders are recommended,” Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Director General (CEO) of the Commission told Sahara Reporters. of Nigerians in the Diaspora (NIDCOM). . They can cross the border points and locations below:
Nigerians crossing to Poland will need to present 02-953, Kosiarzy 22B, 02-956 Warszawa as their destination address to border officials. At the border, embassy staff and volunteer groups will be there to help.
In several tweets, a personal assistant to the Nigerian President, Bashir Ahmad, announced that the Nigerian Embassy in Romania has made arrangements welcome Nigerians at Romanian entry points as well as Hungary.
PUBLIC NOTICE FROM THE NIGERIAN EMBASSY IN POLAND pic.twitter.com/UzBzLoKDgF
— Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria 🇳🇬 (@NigeriaMFA) February 26, 2022
Nigerian students in Ukraine help each other
According to the Premium Times, two Nigerians in Ukraine, Tolulope Osho, 31, and Akintunde Akinsanya, 32, provide students with shuttle services, information services, accommodation arrangements and emergency exchange offices for those who need help.
Living in Ternopil – just four hours from Budomierz-Hruszow on the Ukraine-Poland border and six hours from Kyiv – Osho provides shelter and emergency currency exchange services, while Akinsanya helps with services navigation and transportation.
“People coming in need a place to stay, so I’m doing this for them and my love for Nigeria,” Osho said.
Nigerian Government Flights
Nigeria’s foreign minister also posted a video on Twitter, saying the government would help evacuate Nigerians, including Nigerian students in Ukraine, once airports reopen.
Find out about evacuation plans for Nigerians in Ukraine.
Also follow @NigeriaMFA https://t.co/mwtEKa2c34
— Government of Nigeria (@NigeriaGov) February 24, 2022
The Nigerian Foreign Ministry also reassured the students, saying that measures are “being taken to ensure their safety and facilitate the evacuation of those who wish to leave”.
Nigerians who have arrived in Poland, Hungary and Romania will be documented for further travel arrangements to Nigeria, according to reports.
Ukraine has closed its airspace to civilian flights after Russia launched military action in the country.