30 percent of Nigerians are illiterate – FGN

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The Federal Government has revealed that at least 30 percent of Nigerians are illiterates.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, made this known on Wednesday while addressing the Education Writers’ Association of Nigeria (EWAN) 2022 Summit with the theme ‘Toward Safe Schools in Nigeria’.

The minister was represented by Vivian Wategre, Director of Education Service in the ministry.

He noted that actions and policies toward safe schools show the Federal Government’s commitment to Nigeria’s present and future times.

The minister said 31 percent of citizens were illiterate as of 2021, as against 38 percent in 2015.

Adamu expressed the ministry’s commitment to increasing the country’s literacy level.

He said the government’s effort to address the challenge includes collaborating with the United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for Global Education.

In August 2021, the National Council on Education approved the National Policy of Safety and Violence-Free Schools.

Meanwhile, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has also sanctioned the implementation of the Safe School Declaration (SSD) Laws and Policies.