The National Union of Ghana Students following the declaration of a state of emergency by the Ukrainian Parliament has called on the government to as a matter of urgency evacuate Ghanaian students from Ukraine and Russia.
In a statement copied to EducationWeb, the Students Union said the pressure from Russia to invade Ukraine poses a risk to Ghanaian students studying in the Eastern Province of Ukraine, hence they should be evacuated immediately.
“As the conflict escalates within the region, governments of countries across the world are prioritizing the evacuation of their citizens from the area to forestall harm to their citizens,” the Union of Ghana Students said on Wednesday.
Describing the situation in Ukraine as dangerous, NUGS said some Ghanaian students who just returned from Ukraine have advised them to put in place measures to ensure the government evacuate their colleagues still in the region.
“As a mother body of Ghanaian students, the safety of our students remains our paramount concern, hence our advocacy for this line of action,” NUGS Secretary for International Relations, Puis Baidoo said in the press release.
The Union as part of efforts to ensure the safety of the affected students has suggested for the central government to go by the method used to evacuate Ghanaian students from China at the peak of the outbreak of the coronavirus.
“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,” NUGS urged.
It further suggested, “students may 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.”
According to international media reports, Ukraine’s parliament following the threat by Russia to invade the country has voted to approve a draft law that gives permission to Ukrainians to carry firearms and act in self-defence.