Russia-Ukraine War: Nigerian Government Offers Admission to Displaced Students

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The Nigerian Federal Government on Monday announced a platform to facilitate the placement of Nigerian students evacuated from Ukraine in Nigerian tertiary institutions.

This is despite the more than four month strike by university professors in Nigeria.

The spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, Francisca Omayuli, said that this is so that they can continue their studies.

“In this regard, interested students should visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and complete the Nigerian Student in Ukraine (NSU) online registration form with the required information on or before July 15, 2022,” he said.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24, caused the interruption of lives and activities in Ukraine, including education. Millions of people have been displaced in Ukraine with different governments, including that of Nigeria, evacuating their citizens from the war-torn country.

Nigeria received more than 1,000 evacuees from Ukraine in March; most of them being students. Many of the students have been taking classes online at their Ukrainian universities, while others have had their education stalled until this announcement.

PREMIUM TIMES reported that the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) recently announced that it will not accept Ukrainian certificates issued during the war because it does not recognize online study for medical students. MDCN advised affected medical students to continue their education at Nigerian universities.

Nigerian lawmakers last week opposed the MDCN’s stance, calling on the council to allow fifth-year students from its Ukraine medical programs to be absorbed into Nigerian university medical schools to complete their sixth year.

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Requested the federal government, through the relevant MDAs, to discuss with the Ukrainian authorities for the universities to publish the transcripts of the years completed from year 1 to year 6 (as applicable) for Nigerian students who wish to transfer to schools of medicine in Nigeria or other nations.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how Nigerian students trapped in Ukraine cried out for help when the war began.

More than 300 of the students were trapped in Sumy, a Ukrainian city that shares borders with Russia.

Chiamaka Okafor is a reporter for Premium Times in collaboration with report to the worldthat unites local newsrooms with talented emerging journalists to report on hidden topics around the world.

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