Reps urge FG to direct tertiary institutions to accommodate Sudan returnees

Reps urge FG to direct tertiary institutions to accommodate Sudan returnees

The House of Representatives has called on the federal government to instruct tertiary institutions to accept Nigerian students who are returning from Sudan due to the ongoing war.

The resolution was passed after a motion of urgent public importance, sponsored by Sada Soli, a lawmaker from Katsina, was adopted, during a plenary session on Tuesday.
Soli highlighted the persistent nature of the war in Sudan, leaving Nigerian students uncertain about their educational prospects.

The lawmaker urged the federal government to intervene promptly by facilitating the absorption of these students into tertiary institutions, enabling them to continue their education.

While some tertiary institutions have expressed their willingness to accommodate the affected students, Soli stressed that approval from the federal government was necessary.

He drew attention to a previous intervention during the Ukraine/Russia war, where Nigerian students who fled those countries were absorbed into Nigerian tertiary institutions through the higher institutions transfer program.

The lawmaker further emphasized the need for the federal government to consider waiving quota systems imposed on specific courses, such as law and medicine, to allow the affected students to continue their programs while the Sudan crisis remains unresolved.

The motion passed through a voice vote presided over by Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Consequently, the committee on tertiary education and services has been assigned the responsibility of ensuring compliance and reporting back within one week for further legislative action.

The resolution seeks to provide immediate support to Nigerian students affected by the war in Sudan, enabling them to resume their education without undue delay.

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