Goodluck Jonathan Calls For Free and Compulsory Education in West Africa
Former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has stressed on the role of education in tackling security crisis in West Africa, noting that free and compulsory education will help curb this menace in the region.
Jonathan, who is the chairman of the ECOWAS Council of the Wise, said this on Tuesday in Lagos at the end of a two-day workshop organised by the council.
He said, “We have made some reasonable recommendations, especially when we were discussing education. As a former Head of State, I was also smiling because we recommended that there should be free and compulsory education up to the level of secondary education in the West Africa sub-region so that we will have an enlightened public.
“We believe that most of the security challenges that we are having are because we have a lot of young people that know almost nothing and they could be easily recruited by mischievous characters to cause havoc.
“When we talk about strengthening education, it is something that every nation must do to reduce crime. We believe if the young people are educated; it will reduce the numbers that can be easily recruited by those who have criminal motives to create havoc in the society. We are not saying education will stop the crisis immediately, no.”