NUGS to evacuate Ghanaian students in Ukraine to Poland



The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) following the ongoing tension in Ukraine amid President Putin Russia’s invasion says it has put measures in place to transport all Ghanaian students in Ukraine to Poland for safety reasons.

Speaking to JoyNews, the President of the Ghana Students Union in Ternopil City, Richard Ofori, said, about 250 Ghanaian students in the war country are expected to be evacuated safely to Poland by Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

“Buses have been booked for tomorrow (Saturday) and Tuesday to transport students to Poland, about 200 to 250 Ghanaian students. We had to make the decision ourselves,” the Students President told Accra-based JoyFM on Friday.

The new development comes after the President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) in Ghana, Yaw Boakye petitioned the central government to evacuate students studying in Ukraine amid a war threat from Russia.

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In a statement copied to EducationWeb, the National 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.

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.

“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,” the Union suggested.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration following the unfortunate incident has entreated Ghanaian students to seek refuse at government places or stay indoors until arrangements to evacuate them are finalised.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry Thursday on social media said it was engaging with authorities in Ukraine and other relevant diplomatic missions on further measures to the ultimate safety of students and non-student Ghanaians.

“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,” the Ministry stated.

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