‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja – The Federal Government has advised Nigerians against travelling to Northern Cyprus.
Chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, gave the warning on Thursday, at the state House ministerial media briefing in Abuja.
According to her, Nigerians are subjected to human rights abuses and are being killed in that country.
Dabiri-Erewa said Northern Cyprus does not have robust mechanisms that would enable the federal government to pursue justice for several Nigerian students killed there.
She said Northern Cyprus is not recognised by the international community, except Turkey.
Dabiri-Erewa, however, urged Nigerians in Diaspora not to be afraid to invest in the country because of insecurity.
While admitting that the country’s insecurity challenge is a source of concern, she said it is only temporary because of stiff measures currently employed by the Federal Government to tackle the situation.
She said the commission recorded over $20 billion in daispora remittances for 2021.
She also said students psychologically affected by the conflict have gone through proper counselling before continuing their education either online or on-site by enrolling into private universities in the country to continue their programmes.
“We do the work, but we don’t get any form of extra money. There is a department in foreign affairs strictly for Ukraine, but we did our own bit, there is a portal that if you want to continue your education.
“Again it is a matter of choice, go to the portal and enroll and I think as at the last time I spoke to the director in charge, he said 403 had actually enrolled, but a lot of them are actually trying the private universities.
“Some universities have offered scholarships. It’s ongoing, but the key thing is some institutions, particularly in the medical world noted that when they put them through some examinations, they actually didn’t pass the level they felt they should, so there were some issues”, she said.