Ogun State has underscored the importance of empowering adult literacy towards promoting sustainable development and improving the capacity to address developmental issues.
The government has therefore introduced Literacy By Radio (LBR) in English Language and also distributed radio sets and vocational equipment towards adult education.
This was made known by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu at the flag-off ceremony of Literacy by Radio and distribution of Radio sets and Vocational equipment, where the Commissioner stressed that the literacy rate of the country cannot be completed without the inclusion of adults and non-formal sector.
Arigbabu revealed that according to World Bank statistics that 38% of the country’s population are illiterate, thus, the initiative of the National Mass Education and Non-Formal Education Commission (NMEC) through the State’s Agency for Mass Education was a step in the right direction that would improved the rate of literacy amongst such people.
“The Governor has proven that adult education is indeed a priority to him, he has therefore given approval to the autonomy and bill of the agency, therefore facilitators, supervisors and adult learners must take this exercise very seriously as NMEC, the State Agency for Mass Education and the Ministry will ensure continuous monitoring of the LBR project”, the Commissioner said.
He therefore enjoined facilitators, supervisors and the adult learners to put to good use the opportunity afforded them in order to improve their lives for better living.
In her goodwill message, the South-West Coordinator, NMEC, Mrs. Kuburat Lawal congratulated Ogun State for it’s efforts in promoting adult literacy and therefore appealed to the government not to relent in giving priority to the non-formal education sector which would enhance vocational training and provide jobs for its citizens in no small measures.
In his welcome address, the Director, Agency for Mass Education, Mr. Mikhail Lawal revealed that some of the strategies towards extending education to the uneducated population was the implementation of Literacy by Radio Project in the eradication of illiteracy in all ramification.
Some of the equipment distributed include, 300 radio sets, textbooks, sewing machines and materials, hair dryers and hair making materials, gas cookers and many more.