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Buhari orders evacuation of Nigerian students from Dominican Island over Hurricane Maria

by on September 26, 2017


President Muhamma­du Buhari has ordered the immediate evacu­ation of Nigerian students stranded in Dominican Island as a result of Hur­ricane Maria that battered Caribbean Island.

Following the president’s directive, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has swung into action and assigned a senior official to travel for the purpose of issuing the stranded students with temporary travel certifi­cates.

The affected students are safe pending their eventual evacuation, officials stated.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed the presidential directive.

“The President was deep­ly touched when he learnt that some of them escaped with nothing but the shirts on their backs,” he said.

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According to him, the students will be moved to Brazil, where they don’t need visas for their onward evacuation to Nigeria.

Over 200 Nigerian stu­dents attend medical schools in Dominican Is­lands which prepare them to move to the United States and Europe for the comple­tion of their medical de­grees.

At least 10 people were reported killed as Hurricane Maria, ranked a Category 4 storm, raged through the Caribbean including parts of the Dominican Republic with heavy rain and high winds as it passed off its east coast on Thursday.

Hurricane Maria, with sustained winds of up to 250 km per hour (155 miles per hour), hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday, making it the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in nearly 90 years.

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  • Dele Ochie
    September 26, 2017 at 11:18 am


    To start with, i am happy with our president immediate concern and response. However , what i think that is needful now is for Our president to see how quick financial help can be extended to the Nigeria students who were victims out there instead of bringing them to Nigeria through Brazil. My line of thinking is based on the fact that the universities there are now in their third term preparing for their end of session Exams before the tragedy. Therefore bringing them to Nigeria will affect there acedemic program. I understand the university authorities are trying to relocate the students to commence their lectures uninterupted.

    Government can get the list of Nigeria students fthat were affected from their schools and give them some financial help no matter how small it may be. This will enable them to settle down immediately for their acedemic works.

    This will be a step forward for the betterment of all- parents and our dear country.


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