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Nigeria Has 35m Illiterate Adults – Minister

September 11, 2013

Nigeria’s adult illiterates have increased from 25 million in 1997 to 35 million in 2013, according to Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike.
Speaking, yesterday, at a ministerial briefing to commemorate the 2013 International Literacy Day themed “Literacy for 21st century”, Wike said Nigeria had over 10.5 million children out of school which, according to him, is embarrassing to the nation.
“Indeed, the embarrassing literacy statistics on Nigeria, justifies the need for all stakeholders to redouble their efforts.
“The current Education for All, EFA, Global Monitoring report ranks Nigeria as one of the countries with the highest level of illiteracy.
“The report on Nigeria stated that the number of illiterate adults has increased by 10 million over the past two decades, to reach 35 million.
“Besides, Nigeria has the highest number of out of school children put at 10.5 million and based on this premise that the Ministry of Education has intensified effort in the task of eradicating illiteracy. The non-formal education sector, implementation of programmes for revitalising adult and youth literacy have begun,” Wike said.
The Minister also tasked state and local governments to redouble efforts at eradicating illiteracy in the country, noting that the eradication of illiteracy in the country should not be left in the hands of the federal, state and local governments alone.

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