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Evacuate Ghanaian students in Ukraine – Haruna

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Haruna Iddrisu – Minority Leader

Mr Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader, has called on the government to as a matter of urgency evacuate Ghanaian students in war threatened Ukraine.

He has therefore implored the government to act swiftly to prevent any loss of life.

Speaking on the floor of Parliament on Thursday, the Minority Leader said immediate government intervention was needed to save Ghanaian students in that country.

“Mr Speaker, we should ensure the swift evacuation of Ghanaian students in Ukraine. This we must do to assure the students and their parents that they are Ghanaians and that they deserve our support. This is a matter of urgent public importance. I am indulging you to look at the matter because the Minister of Finance needs to make monies readily available to the Foreign Minister. The situation in Ukraine is very worrying, with imminent war,” he said.

Mr Iddrisu’s call comes on the back of rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia.

Requests have been made for the Ghana government to evacuate its citizens to safety.

On Wednesday, the National Union of Ghanaian Students (NUGS) made a related call to the government.

“As conflicts escalate within the regions, governments of countries across the world are prioritizing the evacuation of their citizens across the area to forestall harm on their citizens,” the statement said.

Some of these students including the Executives of the NUGS chapter in Ukraine have arrived in the country and reached out to the National Secretariat of NUGS, advising that urgent steps be taken to ensure the safety of their colleagues still in the regions.

Other Members of Parliament contributing to the call, also urged the government to accord the needed attention to the situation by giving a safe place to the students.

Meanwhile, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has urged Ghanaians in Ukraine to find a place of safety and stay there as it considers concrete steps to ensure their safety in that country.

The Ministry in a statement said: “The Government of Ghana is gravely concerned about the security and safety of our over 1000 students and other Ghanaians in Ukraine.”

Source: GNA

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