The Lagos State Government through her Agency for Mass Education recently launched TEko nke ko`-Lagos is Learning’ which is designed to tackle the menace of illiteracy in Lagos. In line with this, the government commenced sensitization and mobilization campaign on mass literacy across the state aimed at reducing illiteracy among adults in the state to the bearest minimum. The campaign took off at the palace of Oba Semiu Orimadegun Kasali (Emugoriade 1) of Igbogbo Baiyeku Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in order to get to the grass root of the society.
Speaking at the flag-off ceremony of the programme, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh reiterated the effort of the government in tackling the menace of illiteracy in the state. Bank-Olemoh said that the administration has set up 250 literary centres across the state in order to help make it accessible to all Lagosians. He added that many facilitators have also been trained to pilot the programme successfully.
In a bid to reduce adult literacy, the government has increased the number of Adult literacy centres Iacross the state to encourage enrolment. This bold step has yielded positive result with over 50,000 new adult’s enrolment recorded in the last two years. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh revealed this recently at a quiz competition for adult learners held at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium in Alausa, Ikeja.
Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh who was represented by Dr. Shamusideen Allison, Permanent Secretary, Office of Special Adviser on Education said that the state government is aimed reducing illiteracy rate by 95 percent by 2019. He noted that currently, the state had achieved 85 percent and hoped to bridge the 10 percent shortfall by 2019. In his words: “we have a programme to promote adult literacy in Lagos State in a bid to enhance our mega city status. We have a target of 95 percent to achieve literacy rate, but presently, we have 85 percent”.
On the quiz competition, Mr. Bank- Olemoh said the event is a yearly competition aimed at motivating all adult learners. He also added that the government will keep on increasing literacy centres across the state to facilitate the literacy society.