The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB), Prof Is-haq Oloyede, has assured Nigerian students evacuated from crisis-ridden Sudan of a seamless transition for the completion of their studies here in Nigeria.

Prof Oloyede gave the assurance while receiving the delegation led by Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), on discussions on how the student returnees who wish to complete their respective studies in Nigeria could so do.

The JAMB Registrar expressed his readiness to work with the universities regulator, the National Universities Commission (NUC), to ensure that these students transition seamlessly for the completion of their studies.

Prof Oloyede, however, noted that in line with the Arusha/Addis Ababa declaration, a university transfer student must spend at least two years in any university before certification, adding that for those whose course can be completed on-line, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has provision for online courses.

He commended Hon. Dabiri-Erewa for being proactive at all times on issues affecting Nigerians abroad, describing the Commission as a “good supplement“ to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Earlier, Hon. Dabiri-Erewa said the Commission was inundated with calls from parents and students expressing concerns about how they will complete their respective studies in Nigeria.

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She said that the guidelines released by JAMB will be made public and posted on NiDCOM websites and other social media handles of the Commission.

She expressed her appreciation to Prof Is-haq Oloyede and JAMB for being strategic partners with NIDCOM.

One of the members of the Parent Association of the student evacuees, Hajia Asmau Muhammad Yerima, appealed to the Federal Government to provide the necessary means for students to continue their studies in Nigeria as part of the therapy for the trauma they went through.

She thanked NiDCOM and JAMB, as well as the Federal Government of Nigeria for their efforts since the crisis began in Sudan and the kind gesture towards the students.

It will be recalled that the war that broke out in Sudan disrupted the academic programmes of thousands of Nigerian students which led to the evacuation of over 1,856 Nigerians back to the country.