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In 2013, Chief Nyesom Wike, then minister in the Education ministry said that the number of illiterate adults in Nigeria was 35 million.
Nigeria illiteracy Rate
In 2014, a report was published online by the CIA World Factbook claiming that almost 75% of the world’s 775 million illiterate adults are concentrated in ten countries (in descending order: India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, Brazil, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo).
The report went further to say that the number of literacy rate of Nigeria was 78.6%, 84.4% male literacy rate while 72.7% represents the female literacy rate bringing about an 11.7% gender difference.
This morning, I read another report by a former minister of Education, Shekarau that the statistics of Illiterate Nigerians stand at 65 million. Considering our official population of 140 million-plus, isn’t this new report worrisome for a country as great as Nigeria???
Does it mean no tangible step has been taken since 2013 towards improving the literacy of Nigerian citizens?
I will like to hear from you,great students of this great nation, Nigeria. What do you think could be done to arrest this trend so as to improve the literacy of the Nigerian citizens?