A delegation of 24 officers from National Defence College Nigeria is currently in Finland for a week-long programme, as part of their Geo-Strategic World Study Tour. The theme of the study tour that took place from 19 May to 26 May, is Social Security and National Development in Finland: Lessons for Nigeria. The group is hosted in Helsinki by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs as well as other ministries and the Finnish Defence Forces.
As part of their extensive programme, the delegation has been getting acquainted with different aspects of Finnish society, including internal security and immigration issues, the comprehensive Finnish social security system, as well as Finland's foreign policy, Finland's contribution to international crisis management, and the work that Finland does in the area of biosafety. On Monday, the group had the opportunity to visit Nokia Corporation.
While in Finland, the delegation has the chance to meet with their counterparts at the National Defence University, as well as visiting the Guard Jaeger Regiment, which is one of the regiments training Finnish conscripts. As one of the few countries in Europe with most of the male population going through military service, Finland has extensive experience in training conscripts.
Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury, the Ambassador of Finland to Nigeria who welcomed the group in Helsinki, commented that the already active Finland-Nigeria relations will greatly benefit from this opportunity of National Defence College delegates to personally get to know her country and also to meet their Finnish counterparts.