Sudan war: JAMB promises to integrate evacuated students into Nigerian Universities

Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has promised to ensure that Nigerian students evacuated from war-torn Sudan are integrated into Universities.

JAMB registrar Ishaq Oloyede disclosed this in Abuja when the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) boss, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, visited him.

”What we will do is that we will provide the necessary infrastructure, the necessary enablement to make you accommodate or return these students to our educational system,” said Oloyede.

The visit was to discuss modalities for integrating the affected students into the country’s tertiary institutions.

Oloyede advised the students not to tread the path of those who returned to the country over a year ago due to Ukraine’s war.

The JAMB registrar said the Ukraine returnees refused to comply with the stipulated procedures to continue their academic programmes in Nigeria.

“There are procedures (for transfer of students), the transcript, the rules and regulations. The guideline from JAMB has already been handed over to the chairperson of the commission,” Mr Oloyede added.

He said the students should follow the procedures for transfer to Nigerian universities.

“For instance, if you are studying medicine and you are in your 600 level, and if the Medical and Dental Council assesses what you have done, practical is okay, they will just move you to Year 5, that is 500 level,” the JAMB registrar explained.

”You will do 500 level and 600 level, and you will have the certificate of the institution in Nigeria.”

Ms Dabiri-Erewa said 1,730 Nigerians had been evacuated from Sudan as of May 9, adding that most were students eager to continue their education in Nigeria.

She assured that the necessary procedures would be followed to integrate the affected students into Nigerian schools.

The NIDCOM chairman added that information would be made available for the students to avoid making mistakes in getting things done.

Author: Maureen Ikpeama

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