The Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu, said Nigeria has about 65 million to 75 million illiterates
Adamu disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Atiku Bagudu, of Kebbi State, in Birnin Kebbi yesterday.
The minister and delegates were in the state for a two-day International Literacy Day conference organised by the National Commission for Mass Education.
The minister described the illiteracy ratio as unbecoming and high, “considering the country’s population.
“Education is the bedrock of any country’s development and any country that does not educate its populace is bound to fail.
“Unfortunately, in Nigeria we have a very large population of illiterates; the illiterates figure, considering our population, is unbecoming,’’ he reiterated.
Adamu, who was represented by Mr Jonathan Mbaka, the Director of Basic and Secondary Education, Federal Ministry of Education, said that the federal government is targeting educating out-of-school children.
The minister said this is part of its strategic plan to reduce the number of the illiterates in the country.
“Government is doing all it can to reduce the number of children that are out of school. This includes adoption of inclusive education, where every Nigerian will be given the opportunity to go to school, regardless of background, ethnicity and gender,’’ he said.