The House of Representatives on Tuesday urged the federal government to take diplomatic action with Ukrainian authorities to extend humanitarian needs to Nigerians, including students trapped in the war-torn area.
This followed the adoption of a motion on by Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, who called for extension of humanitarian aids to Nigerians, especially students stranded in Sumy, to enable them exit the country.
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Akande-Sadipe, who is the chairman, House Committee on Diaspora, noted that there is limited availability of transportation in the affected areas to evacuate the trapped Nigerians.
“While Nigerian citizens have been fleeing Ukraine for their safety, Nigerian students, particularly those who are studying Medicine in the Sumy State University, are however caged, not having the opportunities of exiting Sumy, as Sumy is located close to the Russian border and the bridges and train tracks have been blown by Russian forces.
“If proactive diplomatic steps are not immediately taken to offer humanitarian support to these Nigerian students within the ceasefire which is just for 4 days to exit, there situation would become very precarious”.