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    FG Intervenes as Nigerian Students in UK Varsity Face Deportation

    The Federal Government of Nigeria has stepped into the issue of a group of Nigerian students at Teesside University in the United Kingdom facing possible deportation, amid financial struggles.

    The situation highlights the challenges faced by international students navigating the complexities of studying abroad.

    The issue came to light on May 22, 2024, when the affected students took to the streets, staging a protest in response to directives from the university authorities. The university had instructed the students to leave the UK, citing non-payment of school fees by some of them.

    The Federal Government of Nigeria through a delegation led by a representative of the Nigerian Embassy in the UK, Christian Okeke, along with leaders of the Nigerian Students Union in the UK, set to meet with the university’s management.

    The goal is to seek a resolution that will allow the students to continue their studies without fear of deportation.

    The decision to intervene was made following a virtual meeting chaired by the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

    The meeting, whichh took place on Sunday, was attended by Okeke, the President of the Nigerian Students Union UK, Yemi Soile, and several affected students.

    During the meeting, the students shared their experiences and expressed hope for a favourable outcome.

    Dabiri-Erewa urged the students to remain calm and not take the law into their own hands, while appealing to Teesside University to treat the students fairly and justly.

    The situation underscores the financial challenges faced by many international students, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a significant impact on global economies and individual financial situations.

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