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The Federal Government has described the rate of illiteracy in Nigeria as alarming, saying 65 million (a maximum of 75 million people) are illiterates in the country. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, made the remark when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State in Birnin Kebbi.

The minister was in the state for a 2-day International Literacy Day conference organised by the National Commission for Mass Education. Nigeria has an estimated population of 170 million people. Mr. Adamu described the illiteracy figure figure as unbecoming and high, considering the country’s population.

“Education is the bedrock of any country’s development and any country that does not educate its populace is bound to fail. “Unfortunately, in Nigeria we have a very large population of illiterates; the illiterates figure, considering our population, is unbecoming.’’

Mr. Adamu said that the federal government was targeting educating out-of-school children. He said this was part of its strategic plan to reduce the number of the illiterates in the country.

“The government is doing all it can to reduce the number of children that are out of school. This includes the adoption of inclusive education where every Nigerian will be given the opportunity to go to school, regardless of background, ethnicity and gender.’’ 

To learn more about the World Literacy Day, click here.

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