Dr Gabriel Aduda, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs (middle), leading a Nigerian delegation that welcomed a batch of Nigerians evacuated from Poland in April/Photo: NiDCOM

Ukraine: NIDO chieftain praises Nigerian government

Dr Omotade Omotosho, President, Nigerians in Diaspora Organization (NIDO) Poland, has commended the Federal Government through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), and strategic agencies for the evacuation of Nigerians at the wake of the Ukrainian-Russian war.

Dr Tade Omotosho, President, NIDO Germany (left), and Dr Abike Dabiri-Erewa in Abuja on Tuesday/Photo: NiDCOM

Dr Omotosho made the commendation when he led NIDO Poland delegates to Hon (Dr) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, NIDCOM, in Abuja on Tuesday.

Dr Omotosho said the visit to NIDCOM was to appeal for quick intervention on the plight of Nigerian students who returned from Ukraine particularly medical students to be absorbed into Nigerian universities as well as the issue of passport renewal.

The President of NIDO Poland, who was in Abuja in the company of Dr Bamisaye Victor and Prince Adekunle Ayoola, also expressed his willingness to collaborate with the Commission to attend the Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Polish War by honouring the first Nigerian diasporan who fought in the World War II on the side of Poland, Mr Agboola Brown, who moved to Poland in 1920.

NIDO Poland is also putting together a Trade and Investment Summit with special focus on Agric-business, tourism, fintech, among others.

Hon (Dr) Abike Dabiri-Erewa who also acknowledged the brotherly love and care of Nigerians in Poland for the evacuees from Ukraine, urged them to remain good ambassadors of their country, Nigeria.

Dr Tade Omotosho and members of his delegation with Dr Abike Dabiri-Erewa and officials of NiDCOM in Abuja on Tuesday/Photo: NiDCOM

Dr Dabiri-Erewa informed that the Federal Government had promised to intensify its efforts to make sure that more Nigerians were evacuated from Poland and those that have returned are properly managed and cared for.

The NIDCOM head further gave assurances that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and that of Education are collaborating to ensure that Nigerian students from Ukraine are given the opportunity to continue their studies back home in Nigeria.

In her words: “we are not saying pack your bags and come back home, but we have to be partners in progress”.

On the issuance and renewal of passports the NiDCOM boss said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) are intervening for good success, urging that there is an online portal for registration and renewal by NIS.

Dr Dabiri-Erewa used the opportunity of the visit to urge Nigerians in Poland and Ukraine to register their information, through the Commission’s website, for proper data mapping and documentation.

Gabriel Odu, Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit, NIDCOM

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