We ’ll Eradicate Illiteracy By 2015- FG

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The Federal Government has intensified moves to eradicate mass illiteracy in Nigeria by 2015, saying the target is a task that must be accomplished.
Director, National Mass Education Commission (NMEC), South-South Zone, Ambassador Lolo Scharlastica Nkememena, gave the hint in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, during the formal opening of the state-level training of literacy facilitators under the Federal Government Revitalising Adult Youth Literacy Programme.
The director stated that the training, which is ongoing in the 36 states of the federation, is intended to build the capacity of adult literacy facilitators to impact maximally in the teaching of adult illiterates at their respective centres.
He assured the Federal Government’s commitment to work with stakeholders, and donor agencies such as UNESCO, to ensure that adult illiteartes in Nigeria were able to read and write as well as compute figures to meet up with modern trends of development and effectively manage their environment.
She called on the participants to take the training seriously so as to achieve the desired objectives.
Declaring the event open, Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi, commended the efforts of the Federal Government and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in the move to eradicate mass illiteracy.
Dame Lawrence-Nemi, who was represented by the Permanent  Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Education, Richard Ofuru, said that the Federal Government initiative was being domesticated in the state to ensure that Rivers State takes the lead in the eradication of mass illiteracy.
The commissioner added that the Rivers State Government was fully committed to the development of the non-formal, technical and vocational education to replicate the giant strides already recorded in the formal education sector.
In his remarks, Executive Director, Rivers State Agency for Adult and Non-formal Education, Port Harcourt, Mr Paul Paschal Nwanikpo, said that the training, which involved 111 participants would be pilot-tested in the three local government areas of Khana, Gokana and Degema before its deployment to the other 20 local government areas of the state.
The director hinted that the agency was fully prepared with the support of the Rivers State Government to anchor the pilot programme to successful implementation.
He thanked UNESCO, NMEC, and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for sponsorship of the training.