House of 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.

Following the resolution of the House at plenary last week, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Hakeem Gbajabiamila had mandated the House Leader Hon. Ado-Doguwa and Hon. (Dr.) Yusuf Buba Yakub, 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 conflict is given the support to do so.

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

The lawmakers who departed the country yesterday after very close monitoring of the degenerating situation in the last few days through which they 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. They were 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.

It will 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 conflict. The directive of the Speaker, House of Representatives, 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 conflict 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, last 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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