The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced that Nigerians willing to leave Ukraine; are advised to go through the borders of Hungary and Romania through the Zahony Border and Suceava, Tulcea, and Maramures borders; in Romania, as they have approved visa-free access to Nigerians.
This was announced in a statement signed by Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ambassador Gabriel Aduda, on Sunday, and can be seen on the Ministry’s official Twitter account.
What the Foreign Affairs Ministry is saying
The Ministry said it is fully aware of the obstacles its country people are facing; while trying to cross into countries bordering Ukraine, especially Poland.
The statement read, “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 these challenges.”
It added that the Minister of Foreign Affairs has spoken with the Foreign Minister of Ukraine on the development, and both are working on alleviating the hardship of Nigerians; including deploying the International Organisation for Migration 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,” it added.
The Ministry admonishes parents, guardians, and wards of Nigerians in Ukraine; to remain calm as the Federal Government of Nigeria is working very hard to get them all home safely.
Abike Dabiri-Orewa, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM); in a viral video listed the 4 recommended borders to include; Hrebenne-Rawa Ruska, Korczowa-Krakowiec, Medyka-Szeginie, and Budomierz-Hurszew; advising Nigerians to move in groups so they could account for one another in the journey towards the border.