Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education, Prof. Abba Haladu, revealed that the commission is focusing on strategies to increase literacy level as more than 38 percent of Nigerians were illiterate.
Haladu has made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Friday.
“The available statistics with us shows that 62 per cent of Nigerians are literate and 38 per cent are non-literate.
“The out-of-school children are 11 million, while the non-literate Nigerians, that is the youth and adults are about 60 million, so put together.
“We have about 70 million citizens of Nigeria who cannot read and write or who lack basic skills for modern living.
“So that is a big challenge for any nation, and that is why we are trying to sensitise and mobilise all stakeholders, including government at all levels, federal, state and local, Non-Government Organisations and international development partners.
“So that together we should do the needful to ensure literacy is provided to this large number of Nigerian citizens.
“So we can have even development and ensure our people are well-equipped and empowered to face the challenge of becoming the third most populous country in the world in the next 32 years.’’