The Lagos State government has disclosed its readiness to increase the literacy level in the State in order to build and develop intellectual capacity of the people as well as avail them the opportunity of contributing to discussions bordering on development.
Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, made this known at the annual Lagos State Quiz Competition among adult learners from various Literacy Centres in all the Local Government and Local Council Development Areas in the State held recently at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.
The Special Adviser said that, more Literacy Centres will be created in each Locality to give all the citizen equal opportunity to benefit from the Government programme which would be tagged KICK ILLITERACY OUT OF LAGOS.
According to him, ‘Lagos State Literacy Level is 87% and the Government is planning to move it up to at least 95% within the next three years. We intend to embark on lots of publicity campaign and create necessary awareness to enlighten the people of Lagos State about these Centres.’
While enjoining all Lagosians to support the State Government in its effort to reduce illiteracy level to the barest minimum, Bank-Olemoh admonished the facilitators of the Literacy Centres to be more committed to their duties, assuring them of a better welfare package in the coming year in order to boost their morale.
Earlier, the Director of the Agency for Mass Literacy in the State, Mrs. Fola Amore applauded the present administration for its support and commended all Heads of Education Department in various LG and LCDAs for their effort on improving Adult Literacy in the State.
She however enjoined them not to relent in their effort to ensure that illiteracy become a thing of the past in Lagos State.