National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-formal Education (NMEC) says Nigeria must do everything possible to tackle the problem of illiteracy in the country.
Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mr Abba Haladu, who gave this charge in Abuja, said there are 65 million adult Nigerians that can neither read nor write in any form, adding that the problem is further compounded with the over 10 million out-of-school children in the country.
He stated this while addressing the House Committee on Basic Education chaired by Julius Ihovbere, a member representing Owan Federal constituency of Edo State.
“This is a very big challenge and the informal education sector will play a big role to return sanity to the country.
“We need to do something in a big way as a country to eradicate illiteracy,” he said.
Haladu said there was the need for the Federal Government to support the launch of the mass literacy programme the commission was developing, as it would boost literacy in the country.
“We are calling on the House Committee to collaborate with the Senate and Executive to see how the menace of illiteracy can be eradicated in Nigeria,” he said.
Speaking further, the NMEC boss said the human resources available to the Commission would be effectively utilised to achieve the desired goals of the agency.
According to him, the Commission at present boast of staff strength of 577 with recruitment conducted between 2011 and 2015.