Paschal Emeka, Abuja
A group, the Non Governmental Association for Literacy Support Services (NOGALSS), said to be an umbrella body of all non-governmental organizations and individuals involved in mass literacy delivery, has warned that with a large illiterate population of about 65 million, Nigeria is sitting on a time bomb.
It also called for a collective effort to reverse the ugly trend.
National President of NOGALSS, Noah Emmanuel, who made the claim in Abuja, during a courtesy call to the Executive Secretary of National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non Formal Education, Prof Abba Haladu, described the situation as “alarming and a national emergency”.
He said that the high illiteracy rate is having a negative effect on national productivity, poverty eradication and the overall wellbeing of the citizens.
“We see fighting illiteracy as an investment and our collective responsibility considering the positive impact it would have for the future of young Nigerians,” he said.
He appealed to well meaning Nigerians and corporate bodies to support government’s current efforts in fighting illiteracy in the country.
“Considering the adverse effects illiteracy have on the society, it is time for responsible individuals and NGOs especially small literate percentage to rise and support all efforts aimed at eradicating illiteracy in our society,’ he said.
In his remarks, Prof. Haladu, who is also a national patron of NOGALSS, promised to support all efforts aimed at fighting illiteracy in the country especially now that the Commission is being revitalized.