Abuja - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Vice President, Dr Toga Gayewea McIntosh, has identified education and prosperity as a solution to terrorism in Nigeria.
He reasoned while receiving a delegation of the Parliamentary Affairs Committee of the Parliament of the United Kingdom on a fact-finding mission in his office.
He expressed the need for stakeholders to increase school enrollment in the region using it as a tool to address the issues of poverty, terrorism and instability in West African country.
“Education and prosperity will play a great role in downplaying terrorism,” the Vice President who received the delegation on behalf of the President of the Commission, His Excellency Kadre Desire Ouedraogo said.
He told the delegation of plans by the Community to host a Command Post Exercise for the ECOWAS Standby Force in Abuja in order to improve the capacity for the rapid development of the Force during future conflicts in the region.
Dr McIntosh said that this is within the framework of peace and security, which is one of the preoccupations on the Community.
In order to address the development challenges of the region, he said the Commission has been trying to promote peace and engage in conflict prevention in order to create an environment conducive for the pursuit of its primary responsibility of facilitating the socio-economic development of the region.
Dr McIntosh enumerated some of the constraints of the Commission to include the paucity of resources and the implementation of regional instruments.
He commended the intervention of the French government in Mali as well as the African Union (AU)’s key role in the crisis.
He also told them that ECOWAS, with the support of the European Union, was constructing three Joint Border Posts that would contribute to improving the processing of goods and persons at the borders thereby addressing one of the key challenges confronting the implementation of the regional Protocol that liberalizes the intra-community movement of goods and persons.
– CAJ News