The Lagos State Government has evacuated a three-week-old baby, the mother and a considerable number of undergraduate students of the state’s extraction studying at the University of Jos in Plateau.
The evacuation became necessary following recent attacks and killings going on in Plateau.
The first set of evacuees, comprising 64 UNIJOS students including the three-week-old-baby and the mother, Manya Banfe, a 200-Level student, arrived in Lagos on Friday afternoon.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, said the evacuation showed that government had the capacity to respond to emergencies when it affects people of the state.
Omotoso who represented Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the reception of the evacuees said that the exercise was in line with government’s commitment to the safety and security of indigenes and residents of the state.
The Commissioner added that welfare packages had been arranged for the students to return to their families safely, stressing that it was noteworthy that none of the Lagos State students died during the crisis and during the rescue operation.
He urged them to observe COVID-19 safety protocols and not to lose touch with their studies as they returned to Lagos.
Speaking on behalf of the students, a 200-level student of the Department of Religion and Philosophy, Clinton Shotikare, thanked the governor for coming to their rescue.
“On behalf of other students, I am saying a big thank you to the Lagos State Government, especially the governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
“We appreciate the governor and the state government for evacuating us from Plateau State. We feel happy, honoured, grateful and safe. We feel the impact of government,’’’ Shotikare said.
He said that they had been experiencing tense situations and sleepless nights since the beginning of the crises in Plateau.
The student urged the Lagos State Government not to relent in its efforts to rescuing other Lagos State indigenes, especially students who were still stranded on campus and in towns.
A student of the Department of Pharmacy, UNIJOS, Christiana Edward, also appreciated Gov. Sanwo-Olu for evacuating them from Jos.