On Wednesday, Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, in Kano revealed that Nigeria has about 60 million illiterate youths and adults.
Mr Prinzo James, Deputy Director, Basic and Secondary Education, Ministry of Education, who represented Adamu has stated this at the 2018 International Literacy Day Celebration, adding that out of this figure, females accounted for nearly 60 per cent of the population, while a total of 11 million children were out of school.
He said: “With these unwholesome statistics in our hands, it becomes evident that concerted efforts are required in order to accelerate the processes for combating illiteracy among children, youths and adults.
“Therefore, every effort aimed at bringing together multiple stakeholders should be committed to advancing literacy and lifelong learning, will receive support of the ministry of education.
“The Ministerial Strategic Plan for education sector has considered the importance of youth and adult literacy and gave the sector a prime position in the document.
“I would like to assure you that preparations are underway by the Federal Government to launch a National Mass Literacy Campaign with a view to addressing the high rate of youth and adult illiteracy in the country.”