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'56 million Nigerians are illiterate'

04 June 2014, 16:15

Abuja - The National Mass Education Commission (NMEC) has said that Nigeria's illiteracy level had continued to rise with about 56 million adults population still illiterate.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Jibrin Paiko, disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja.

Paiko said the commission was worried by the alarming figure which put more than 35 per cent of the country's adult population as uneducated.

He said that the commission had mapped out various programmes that would help address the issue.

"The Revitalising Adult and Youth Literacy Programme is on course where 11 master trainers for each state have been trained between May and June last year.

"Also 111 facilitators have been trained and we are scaling up the training programme to the zonal level with additional 20 facilitators for each state excluding Rivers State and the FCT," he said.

According to him, the two states were chosen for a pilot project by UNESCO, where it sources for funding for the commission to train learners.

Paiko said $1 million dollars were given for the project by Procter and Gamble (a multi-national company), to train 60 000 women and girls in skills acquisition.

He, however, said the commission was facing a lot of challenges in pursuing many of its literacy programmes noting that funding had continued to be the biggest.

 - NAN

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