The National Programme Advisor on Education, UNESCO Regional Office in Abuja, Dr. Mohammed Alkali, has divulged the result of a survey tracking illiteracy, adding that about 65 million Nigerians are still illiterate.
This disclosure was made known in Katsina State, during an advocacy visit to Governor Aminu Bello Masari.
According to the advisor, “just nine months of literacy increases a person’s earning by up to 10 per cent.”
He also revealed that UNESCO in collaboration with National Mass Education Commission (NMEC) embarked on a project to revitalize adult and youth literacy in Nigeria with the target of reducing Nigerian illiteracy rates by between five to six million youths and adults, adding that the project was developed with “strategic partnership initiatives sharing responsibilities between UNESCO, Federal Government, states and local government areas to achieve the target results.”
He, however, lamented that mass literacy facilitators in Katsina State were the least paid in the country with remuneration below the national benchmark of N7,500 per month for part-time facilitators.
Reacting to the development, Governor Masari ordered an audit of the mass literacy facilitators and pledged that none of the actual facilitators in Katsina would henceforth be paid less than the national benchmark.