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Russia-Ukraine conflict: Ablakwa visits Ghanaian students in Romania

The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has arrived in Bucharest, Romania to meet Ghanaian students who have been evacuated from war-torn Ukraine to neighbouring countries.

Okudzeto Ablakwa visits Ghanaian students in Romania

He visited the stranded students on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

In a Twitter post, he said "This morning I arrived in Bucharest, Romania which shares a southern border with Ukraine to visit our Ghanaian students who escaped from the conflict in Ukraine.

"The visit affords me the opportunity to closely assess their conditions and to better understand from their unique perspective how our nation can be more helpful to them as I engage them directly. I do this not merely because it is a constitutional imperative of oversight imposed on parliamentarians; there is a higher obligation of our common humanity and nationhood."

His visit follows the safe arrival of the stranded students in Romania who are receiving care from the Romanian government following arrangements with Ghana's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Ablakwa said "Romania now hosts the largest number of Ghanaian students — an estimated 200, expected to be evacuated to Ghana. I have been greatly inspired by the amazing stories of survival and resilience as narrated by our heroic compatriots.

"I salute Ahmed Tijani Abubakr of our diplomatic mission in Prague for his impressive consular services which have been praised by the students. The Romanians have been awesome with their exceptional kindness. Our nation owes them a debt of gratitude. It gave me great pleasure to host our courageous compatriots to lunch, convey messages of hope for a brighter future, and to make a modest donation into the NUGS-Ukraine welfare account."

"I assured our much-cherished compatriots that the entire nation led by the government is with them in prayers and solidarity. Evacuations shall continue and we would also never forget their colleagues who remain trapped in Ukraine, particularly those in the city of Sumy.

"Together, as one nation with a common humanity, we shall ensure the complete protection and rehabilitation of our beloved citizens," he added.

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Earlier, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, said the government of Ghana is committed to the evacuation of stranded Ghanaians as it has dispatched officials from Ghanaian missions in Europe to various Ukrainian borders to move Ghanaians to safety following the war between Ukraine and Russia.

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