The Federal Government yesterday restated its commitment to improving on the current 50 per cent adult literacy rate in the country. Hajia Hindatu Abdullahi, the acting Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education, made this known at the commemoration of the 2015 International Literacy Day in Abuja.
Abdullahi said it was unfortunate that Nigeria failed to reach certain targets in pursuit of its Education-for-All (EFA) policy and the Millennium Development Goals objectives. According to her, the failure to reach the set targets, limited the progress of literacy in the country.
“The 2013/2014 Global Monitoring report put the number of adult illiterates worldwide at 774 million out of which two-thirds are women, in spite of the huge resources expended by member states and donor partners.
“The recent review of E-9 countries, a group to which Nigeria belongs, shows that Brazil, China, Indonesia, have attained 90 per cent literacy rate. “Egypt and India 70 to 89 per cent while Nigeria, Bangladesh and Pakistan have literacy rate of less than 70 per cent. In Pakistan and Nigeria, adult literacy rate is under 50 per cent.