Lagos evacuates three-week-old baby, 64 students from UNIJOS


The mother and her baby and other students

The Lagos State Government on Friday evacuated three weeks old baby and 64 students from the state stranded at the University of Jos (UNIJOS) following protracted crisis in the area.

The three weeks old baby’smother is Manya Banfe, a student of UNIJOS. The baby’s name is Daniela.

The students were received on behalf of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu by the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso.

The students expressed their appreciation to the Lagos State Government for coming to their rescue.

Receiving the students, Omotoso said the government acted swiftly immediately it heard that some students of the state were stranded in UNIJOS.

“We are happy that we never got to hear of any loss of lives among our students. We all know what it means to evacuate people. When you guys were coming from Jos and being briefed about the journey, we were praying for you to arrive safely.

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“We thanked those who made it happen. It shows the government of Babajide Sanwo-Olu has the capacity to respond to any emergency at any point in time. He had always been saying that the future belonged to the young people.

“When we got news of what was going on in Jos, it was in his mind that no Lagosians should suffer there. The lesson of this, is that wherever we are, we are ambassadors of our families and the state government. The government is excited that we did not lose any one of you,”Omotoso said.

He urged the students to abide by COVID-19 safety protocols as they were now in Lagos and that they should ensure that they studied their books while waiting for the school to be re-opened when the crisis abated.

Permanent Secretary, Office of the Special Adviser on Education, Kasali Adeniran, who represented the Special Adviser on Education, Tokunbo Wahab, noted that the state government’s immediate response to their requests for evacuation was a demonstration of the Sanwo-Olu’s administration to security and good governance in line with the letter ‘S’ of the THEMES Developmental agenda.

Some of the students who spoke with our Correspondent commended the gesture of the state government, for the timely intervention.


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