Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Ghana’s foreign ministry has called on Ghanaian students in Ukraine to seek refuge in their homes or in approved government shelters.
Over a thousand Ghanaians are presently studying or working in Ukraine, according to the ministry, which is “gravely concerned” about their safety.
Ghana’s national student union, on the other hand, urges the government to go even farther and evacuate Ghanaian students from the conflict zone until the situation calms down.
Via a statement, the National Union of Ghana Students said that “we feel the strategy used for the evacuation of students from China during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic may be implemented.”
While the Ghanaian government is warning its citizens to seek shelter, nearly 4000 Nigerian students in Ukraine are hoping for help from their own government.
Some foreigners in Ukraine are already planning to leave the country. Olutobi Fatonade, a Nigerian living in Ukraine, said that many of the individuals he knows are going to flee the country due to the confrontation with Russia.
He stated that he has a British citizen sister and that he intends to fly to the UK “until everything calms down.”
Reacting to the development, the Nigerian embassy in Kiev, in a statement on Thursday, asked Nigerian nationals who want to temporarily relocate from Ukraine to ensure they validate their resident documents for ease of return.
The embassy added that it remains open for consular duties for Nigerians who decide to stay in Ukraine during the crisis.
In view of this development, the embassy urges Nigerian nationals resident in Ukraine to remain calm but be very vigilant and be responsible for their personal security and safety,” the statement reads.
“The embassy wishes to add that should any Nigerian nationals consider the situation as emotionally disturbing, such nationals may wish to temporarily relocate to anywhere considered safe by private arrangements.