Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has advised all those in governance from Local, State and Federal Governments as well as policy makers and formulators with a connection to education to make a combined effort to develop not only the educational sector but also the ability to read and write by all citizens.
This is contained in a statement signed by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abubakar Mu'azu Dakingari dated Friday, 13th May.
The Governor gave this advice at the Government House on Thursday 12th of May 2016 while receiving Professor Jibrin Yusuf Paiko, Executive Secretary of National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non Formal Education, who led Professor Fatima Umar, Chairman Nigerian National Council for Adult Education and Dr. Ya'u Usman, Member National Steering Committee on Revitalization of Adult Literacy in Nigeria on a courtesy visit.
He said failure to do so, Nigeria would be liable to consequences of under development. The Governor added that his administration has benefited from Adult Education, citing the example of the methods at modem farming inducted into farmers with no formal education that has yielded remarkable results in the output of their production.
Senator Atiku Bagudu said Kebbi State would pursue Adult Literacy with seriousness and would set a target date for those who cannot read and write to do so within the period, because education has a fundamental linkage to occupational successes.
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu acknowledged that Kebbi State has been categorized with a high illiteracy rate in the country, but pledged that, his administration was determined to reversing the trend. He said he would bring the issue before the Executive Council to enable the State chart an effective course of action to raise the literacy level among the people.
He however, said he was not satisfied about the contributions of International Partner's Agency under the United Nations towards Developing Countries in supporting educational challenges.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Alhaji Jibril Yusuf Paiko said they were at the Government House to request for increased support towards Mass Literacy in Kebbi State. He said other members of the Commission in other States are on tour for the same mission, adding that they were focusing attention on States with less than 50% literacy rate aimed at revitalizing Adult Education in the Nation.
Professor Jibril Yusuf said the Commission has trained teachers and established Literacy Centres in different parts of the Country in furtherance of efforts to resuscitating the educational subsector. He said it is disturbing that at present, there were 60 million illiterate Nigerians who can not read and write; of which 20 million were children at school age not attending classes.
The Executive Secretary said adult education must be given due attention by Local, State and Federal Governments and also commended Ondo State which has created the Ministry of Adult Education and Mass literacy.