WorldStage Newsonline-- An operational plan to make 30 million people literate in Nigeria in three years has been developed by the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education (NMEC).
Executive Secretary of (NMEC), Prof. Abba Haladu said at the Nigerian National Council for adult Education (NNCAE) annual national conference 2017, in Abuja on Wednesday that, "The commission has developed a relevant policy document, including an operational plan for our national mass illiteracy programme.
"We have also developed policy guidelines for mass literacy, adult and non formal education and of course a communication strategy.
"The operational plan, which has since been developed and submitted to the minister for education, is a plan envisaged to make 30 million people literate in Nigeria in three years.
"We are very hopeful that government will graciously endorse and fund the plan."
The event with the theme "Sustainable development goals (SDGs) 2016-2030: Setting achievable agenda for adult and lifelong learning in Nigeria," as its theme was organized by NMEC and NNCAE.
Prof. Haladu called on Nigeria to redouble its efforts and contribute meaningfully to the global commitment to expand access to learning and improved quality education.
"While acknowledging that many challenges remain in the fight against illiteracy and the establishment of a culture of lifelong learning, it is gratifying to note that the present government is not only concerned about the situation but is also making concerted, decisive efforts to address the emerging challenges," he said.
He said the agency had been on the forefront in strengthening adult education in the country while making efforts to reposition the mass education sector.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said the Economic security of Nigeria depended on the ability of the government to provide functional education to all citizens.
He said the government was doing everything possible to achieve the SDGs goals on education and adult and non-formal education.
"That is one way of addressing unemployment, social vices in concrete terms is in the provision of inclusive quality education for all which represent the core mandate of adult and non-formal education,” the minister said.
"This administration has relentlessly been doing everything possible to address the dictate of the SDGs especially as it affects education and indeed adult and non-formal education."
The minister, who declared the three day conference open, explained that a literate and educated society is the first major step for moving out of poverty, related challenges of insecurity and economic backwardness.
He said, "Adult and formal education programmes constitute useful tools for achieving universal basic education, promotion of gender equality and women empowerment and improving the health status of Nigerians.
"As our country desires to resolve its development challenges and compete in today's fast changing society, every citizen needs to have a wide set of knowledge, skills and competences, including literacy, numeracy and digital competency at a proficiency level in other to learn, adopt and participate in a social, economic, cultural and civic life."