Commission develops mass literacy programme for 10 million Nigerians

The National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult Education and Non-Formal Education (NMEC), says it has developed an operational plan for a “National Mass Literacy Programme’’ aimed at reaching about 10 million Nigerians.

The NMEC Executive Secretary, Prof. Abba Haladu, said this on Tuesday on sidelines of the Ministerial Press Briefing in celebration of The International Literacy Day in collaboration with UNESCO in Abuja.

Key excerpts: 

  • “In the National Mass Literacy Programme that we have developed, it is actually envisioning that in the next three years over 10 million Nigerians will actually be targeted.
  • “We hope that the private sector will also give its helping hand and contribution so that through this every Nigerian we have the opportunity to acquire basic literacy skills.’’


  • Prof Haladu stressed that the non-formal education sector should be given as much priority as the formal sector in order to achieve sustainable development in the country.
  • “Nigerians are ready and we should mobilise them to ensure each and everyone gives his own contribution to educate our children, to educate our youth, to educate our adults for sustainable development.
  • “No development can take place so far as a significant percentage of our population of our country remains illiterate.’’


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