NANS demands immediate end to suffering of suffering of Nigerian Students in UK
The attention of the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students has been drawn to the inconvenience, frustration and deliberate witch-hunting of Nigerian students in the UK are facing in the last few days.
We have received complaints directly and read series of painful revelations by Nigerian students abroad and their parents who are faced with the risk of being deported after so much resources, both academic and materials, had been expended on seeking admission and travelling to the UK to pursue their academic goals.
Prominent of such mind-disturbing revelations was in the statement released by the UK Chapter President of NANS, Michael Obakhavbaye, who expressed the critical challenges Nigerian students are facing in the UK as reported in the media on Friday.
“In the last 48hours of the report in the press, we have communicated with our colleagues and friends who are students in the UK to establish direct reports with facts. Through this, we have identified some of the numerous challenges to be;
“Deliberate efforts of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to frustrate the naira exchange and conversion for the student which make the students exchange as much as N900 for £1 and ore.
“Inaccessibility in obtaining accommodation due to delay in money transfer and other processes frustrated by the CBN.
“Inhumane treatment which is not far from modern-day slavery and trafficking deliberately to frustrate Nigerians out of the UK.
“The irresponsible and lackadaisical attitude of both the Nigerian embassy in the UK and Nigerian Diasporan Commission towards the plights of Nigerians.
“Cancellation of enrolment due to Form A issues and slow response of their Nigerian banks and many other challenges.
“Notable among the institutions where these problems are harsh is the University of Hull and Reading University. We have established from our local and international contacts that Nigerians are the only set of people facing these problems. Nationals of other countries are without these Qualities!++.
Comrade Ekundina Segun Elvis
Deputy Senate President, NANS National.
Comrade Kehinde Damilola Simeon
Chairman, NANS Ogun JCC.