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60 million Nigerians cannot read, write in any language – mass literacy commission

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60 million Nigerians cannot read, write in any language – mass literacy commission

No fewer than 60 millions Nigerians cannot read and write in any language, the National Commission for Mass literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education says.

The executive secretary of the commission, Prof. Abba Abubakar Haladu, said this in Abuja weekend at the literacy roundtable discussion tagged “Literacy and Multilingualism: A Bedrock for Sustainable National Development.”

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Haladu said in addition to the challenge of out-of-school children, Nigeria was also faced with high illiteracy rate amongst its adults and youth population.

He said this had remained a major impediment to the country’s developmental aspirations, given the millions of adults and youths affected.

He said for Nigeria to achieve self -sustained development, all its people, men and women, the youth and the aged irrespective of gender, age, location and conditions of life should be able to read, write and calculate.

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The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, represented by the Minster of State, Emeka Nwajiuba, said:

“It is imperative to act quickly to change the unsatisfactory education indicators which show a large number of out-of-school children, a high illiteracy level among youth and adults, infrastructural deficit and decay, inadequate access at the basic education and low quality of learning among others.”

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