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Envoy visits Russian Varsity, makes case for stranded Nigerian students

By Ifeanyi Nwoko

Nigerian Ambassador to the Russian Federation Abdullahi Shehu called on the Russian authorities to make it easier for Nigerian students studying in their country to enable them to continue their studies successfully.

The appeal is contained in a statement released Sunday by the Nigerian Embassy in Moscow.

Shehu, who made the appeal specifically to Russian authorities during a visit to the Russian People’s Friendship University (RUDN), urged authorities to consider ways to help Nigerian students who are now stranded in Nigeria.

The purpose of the visit was to discuss issues relating to bilateral education and scientific cooperation between Nigeria and Russia, as well as the welfare of Nigerian students at the university.

The envoy made the appeal following the ban on Nigerian students from returning to Russia due to the COVID-19 pandemic, stressing that some students at the institution are now stranded in Nigeria.

Shehu, who met Ms. Larisa Efremova, the school’s vice-rector for international affairs, called for the university to start online classes to meet the needs of those who couldn’t return to continue physical classes.

The ambassador also called on the university to pay special attention to Nigerian students who may have difficulty paying their fees on time, while ensuring that the embassy will continue to facilitate this if necessary.

Regarding exchange programs and support to the University, the Ambassador assured his willingness to take advantage of their platform to inform academics on African issues.

During the reception of the Nigerian envoy, the Vice-Rector of RUND highlighted the excellent results of the Nigerian students, mainly in the medical and engineering field.

She said that qualified Nigerians will continue to study at the University through the bilateral cooperation agreement between Nigeria and Russia.

The vice-rector praised the strong academic background of the Nigerian envoy and expressed a desire to tap into his pool of knowledge.

Source: NAN

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