Member of Parliament Select Committee on Education, Vincent Assafuah following the disturbing conflict between Ukraine and Russia has said the government is preparing to evacuate Ghanaian students in Ukraine in the coming days.
In a social media post sighted by EducationWeb, the former spokesman for the Ministry of Education (MoE) said the government would act swiftly before the conflict rising within Eastern Europe between Russia and Ukraine aggravates.
“To Ghanaians out there in the nation of Ukraine, be prepared and rest assured that an evacuation would happen in the coming days before the break out of any damaging consequential war in the nation of Ukraine,” Hon Vincent stated.
He added, “the current situation of the conflict makes it necessary and expedient for the government of Ghana to plan an evacuation contingency for Ghanaians i.e diplomats, professionals, students, etc who are in the nation of Ukraine.”
The Member of Parliament for Old Tafo constituency assurance comes after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration on Thursday asked Ghanaian students in Ukraine to stay indoors or seek shelter at government places.
In a tweet sighted by EducationWeb, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said it is gravely concerned about the security and safety of the over 1,000 Ghanaian students and other citizens of the country in Ukraine as the tension escalates.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the auspices of the central government said it was engaging with authorities in Ukraine and other relevant diplomatic missions on further measures to the ultimate safety of Ghanaian students.
“The government is gravely concerned about the security and safety of our over 1000 students and other Ghanaians in Ukraine and has asked them to shelter in place in their homes or government places of shelter,” it said on Thursday.
The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) expressing worry about the current situation in Ukraine has encouraged parents of Ghanaian students in the war country to remain calm as the government put in place evacuation measures.
NUGS has suggested for students to be temporarily resettled in the Western province of Ukraine which remains calm at present or most preferably out of the country altogether and back home till a resolution is reached on the crisis.
“We are asking for the evacuation of students from the Eastern provinces of Ukraine which is the present nuclear of the conflict and out of Russia as the country may pose overall hostile environments of our students,” it said in a release.