How we plan to produce 30 million literate Nigerians in three years – Commission

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The National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education, NMEC, on Thursday, in Abuja said it has developed a plan that will ensure that 30 million Nigerians become literate within three years.

The Executive Secretary, NMEC, Abba Haladu, said this during the Nigerian National Council for Adult Education annual national conference 2017 in Abuja.

The event, which was tagged, “Sustainable development goals (SDGs) 2016-2030: Setting achievable agenda for adult and lifelong learning in Nigeria,” as its theme was organised by NMEC and NNCAE.

Mr. Haladu said the commission had developed a policy document to enhance national mass illiteracy programmes.

“We have also developed policy guidelines for mass literacy, adult and non-formal education and of course a communication strategy,” he said.

According to him, the plan has been developed and submitted to the minister for education, Adamu Adamu, adding that if implemented, it ”will make 30 million people literate in Nigeria in three years.”

“We are very hopeful that the government will graciously endorse and fund the plan,” he said.

Mr. Haladu charged Nigerians to redouble their efforts and contribute meaningfully to the global commitment to expanding access to learning and improved quality education.

“While acknowledging that many challenges remain in the fight against illiteracy and the establishment of a culture of life-long learning, it is gratifying to note that the present government is not only concerned about the situation but is also making concerted, decisive efforts to address the emerging challenges,” he said.

He said the agency has been at the forefront in strengthening adult education in the country.

Similarly, Mr. Adamu said the economic security of Nigeria depended on the ability of the government to provide functional education to all citizens.

He said the government was doing everything possible to achieve the SDGs’ goals on education and adult and non-formal education.

A national literacy survey in 2010, conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics pegged adult literacy in Nigeria at 56.9 per cent.

Also, statistics from the Federal Ministry of Education indicate that only 500,000 of the estimated 40 million non-literate adults are enrolled in adult learning classes.

There are also an estimated 3.5 million nomadic school-aged children in Nigeria with only 450,000 of them accessing any form of schooling.


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  • Abdullah Musa

    Illiteracy, like corruption must be fought yo standstill.

    • Bassey Frank

      Can you see why people are backward? What has corruption got to do here? You marry a 9-year-old girl today, within 3 years, you have four of them as wives – producing babies every 6 months. No education. No health care. No parenting. You succeed in populating Nigeria with Almajaris and baby mothers. Who is corrupting who?

      • Abdullah Musa

        Your girls are converted into baby factories.
        They produce babies for sale to ritualists.
        I wonder at your kevel of education!
        You can’t even understand a comparison.
        Then I remember you are from an area where mere stealing is not corruption.
        You do not want corruption to be fought.

        • Bassey Frank

          You have a President that looks the other way when his people are stealing from the Treasury. What has happened to Babachir Lawal? What happened to the man that received N500m from a Telecom company? How come he signed billions of Naira loans while on sick bed yet there was Acting President? Where is the N3 billion budgeted for Aso Rock Clinic? Is it in your mum’s arse-hole? Do you call these STEALING or CORRUPTION? Have you heard that PMB told World Bank to concentrate on the North; So, World Bank Loans obtained by Nigeria will be used for the development of the North, and repaid with oil money from Akwa-Ibom? Can you see why NEMESIS is dealing with some people? As regards our girls, look at this and tell me where the girls you sexually abuse with “goge” and forced sex stand:
          1. Nigerian Stock Exchange Essay Competitions won by girls from the South.
          2. A girl from Akwa Ibom won the first prize of UBA essay competition for secondary schools.
          3. Cowbell Mathematics Competition for secondary schools won by girls from South-West and East.
          NOTE: None of them is trained to be a Suicide Bomber.
          You wonder at my level of education. I must tell you I am not a product of School of Basic Studies, neither did I undergo remedial studies. I attended a Federal Government School with score of over 100 points.

          • Abdullah Musa

            Pity your xenophobic, egotistical mind.
            However, it is not the shit’s fault if it emits odour when someone stirs it.
            Knowing who you are now I would not engage with you again.
            You are incapable of rationality.

          • Bassey Frank

            Is this incantation, or what?

  • Bassey Frank

    “There are also an estimated 3.5 million nomadic school-aged children in
    Nigeria with only 450,000 of them accessing any form of schooling.” CONGRATULATIONS!!!