From Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja
Head of the European Union Delegation to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Samuela Isopi, said developing human capital is the surest way to put end to insecurity in the country.
It was even as Isopi said the number of out-of-school children in the North West is very high, adding that the development will trigger insecurity in the region in the future if not addressed. .
Isopi spoke at the pre-departure orientation event for over 200 young Nigerians who have been awarded the 2022 postgraduate scholarships offered by the EU under its ErasmusPlus scheme.
The event was held alongside the Study in Europe fair organized jointly by the EU and its Member States (France, Spain, Finland and the Netherlands).
Isopi said: “We do a lot of things. But it is also true that an important aspect of security itself is somehow related to human capital.
“You have to provide opportunities. And if you educate and connect people, you expose people to other cultures, first of all, you help build skills that can be used by people to be something else and not become pirates, not become terrorists, but really have opportunities to contribute to the construction of the country.
Isopi further said that she is confident that if the government can improve the quality of life of Nigerians especially young Nigerians by giving them something, helping them in terms of foresight, ideas about the future , it would have a pretty big impact on security in the country.
Isopi, who also opened up on EU activities in the country, particularly in the field of security, said that the EU supports the situation in the northeast and the Lake Chad basin, the force joint multinational which is based in Chad and includes the five countries of the Lake Chad Basin.
Nigeria, Isopi said, is one of the first countries to benefit from cooperation where the EU is the main donor.
She said, however, that the EU was trying to see if it could do more, including to specifically support Nigeria, which is most at risk.
Isopi further explained that in the North East, the EU also contributes and tries to help the people in terms of livelihoods, in terms of foresight and social services.
“We are going to start working in a more structured way also in the North West, particularly targeting education because the number of out-of-school children there is very high and if you do not solve the problem, the security problems will be even more serious in the years to come,” Isopi said.