The Federal Government in a statement issued on Sunday by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gabriel Adudar, has made provisions for Nigerians in Ukraine fleeing to safety due to the unrest in the country.
According to Adudar, Nigerians, who are leaving Ukraine through the borders of Romania and Hungary, are to enjoy free accommodation and feeding before they would be evacuated from the countries to Nigeria.
The statement reads:
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is fully abreast of all the challenges Nigerians crossing into countries bordering Ukraine, especially the Polish border are facing, and we are taking adequate measures to assuage the challenges.”
“The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs has spoken with his counterpart, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, on these unsavory developments, and both are working on alleviating the suffering of Nigerians, including deploying the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to the border, to ensure easier access to all Nigerians and other nationals.”
“For now, movement to the Hungarian Zahony border and Romanian Suceava, Tulcea, Satu Mare County & Maramures borders is advised, as they have approved visa free access to all Nigerians coming from Ukraine, and arrangements for accommodation and feeding, before evacuation is arranged.”
“The ministry urged relatives of Nigerians in Ukraine to remain calm, as the federal government is working very hard to get them all home safely.”
Also, in a statement issued by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Nigerians in this category, are to contact the Romanian embassy if they encounter any difficulties.
“The Nigerian Embassy in Romania wishes to inform Nigerians arriving from Ukraine that, arrangement has been put in place to receive them at the Romanian entry points.”
Ukrainian ambassador to Nigeria, Valerii Kirdoda, had earlier on Friday said, Nigerians in the unsavory situation, would be safely evacuated as soon as the airspace is made open for flights.