The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has acknowledged the efforts of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State; Summit University, Offa, Kwara State; and American University, The Gambia, for showing interest in the absorption of Nigerian returnee students from Sudan.
Dabiri-Erewa stated this when she received the Vice-Chancellor of Igbinedion University, Prof. Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye in Abuja.
The chairman, in a statement signed by the spokesperson, NiDCOM, Abdulrahman Balogun, on Saturday, gave assurances that the message would be related to the students and those who are interested, will follow the right procedures.
Dabiri-Erewa said, “We were with JAMB and JAMB has given conditions, process and guidelines to follow, which I am sure you are aware, and the key thing is even if they have come to you and you have admitted them, we will need that letter from JAMB saying JAMB has given them admission, so we avoid situations that after graduation they cannot go for youth service.
“I thank you for the offer you are making to Nigerian students who have returned from Sudan, and I also thank you for saying you will give a generous concession for them”.
Earlier, Ezemonye had explained that the Institution has programmes accredited by the National Universities Commission and other professional bodies.
He also commended the NiDCOM Boss for the wonderful job she has been doing hence the need for the visit to discuss modalities for placement of the returnee students.
The statement added that the Co-founder, Friends of Nigeria, Europe, a Non-Governmental Organisation, led by Abiodun Odunuga said he had received offers for scholarships from the American International University, The Gambia, for a number of the Nigerian student returnees from Sudan.
He added that the scholarships received were for students with practical courses and who were willing to come to The Gambia and also for students willing to participate in the Paris Graduate School for online courses such as in Human Resources and Business Management.
Similarly, Summit University, Offa, Kwara State, also indicated interest in the absorption of the student evacuees from Sudan into the different academic programmes for easy integration.
Dabiri-Erewa used the opportunity to appreciate airlines, including Air Peace, Azman Air, Max Air, Tarco Airline, which had provided flights for the students.
She also thanked the Dangote Foundation, MTN Foundation as well as all educational institutions who have offered concessions to re-absorb the students to complete their education in Nigeria.