13% of Lagos State Residence Can't Read or Write
By Gboyega Akinsanmi
The Lagos State Government yesterday said 13 per cent of the state's population estimated at 21 million, cannot read or write, thus positing that three million residents "are illiterate."
However, the state government unveiled an adult literacy programme, which it said was designed to effectively educate three million residents who could not read not write within three years.
The state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, unveiled the programme tagged: 'Lagos Is Learning' at the Ikeja Police College, disclosing his administration's strategic objective to achieve 100 per cent literacy by 2019.
Ambode, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, generously cited the statistics of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), which put the total number of illiterates in the country at 54 million.
Citing the outcome of research the state recently conducted, Ambode said 13 per cent of Lagos population "cannot read or write. This amounts to three million residents. This level of illiteracy is unacceptable."
Kudos to the Governor and his team..