Friday, October 14, 2016

To Make Lagos Vision As A Mega City Realistic, Ambode Set To Educate Illiterates

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has said about 13% percent of Lagosians are illiterates and he is ready to educate them so as to make Lagos State realise its dream of been a model megacity in Africa.

Ambode spoke through his deputy, Dr Oluranti Adebule at the inauguration of a new literacy programme tagged, “Eko n’ Kekoo” (Lagos is learning), at the Police College in Ikeja.

“In Lagos, research shows that 13 per cent of the population, that is three million persons, are illiterate. This level of illiteracy is unacceptable. The number will not help the vision of Lagos as Africa’s model megacity.

“This is because illiterate persons lack essential life skills which make them vulnerable to the activities of criminals and other anti-social groups.

“Our goal is to achieve 100 per cent literacy in the state. Towards this end, we plan to increase the number of basic adult learning centres from 532 to 1,000.

“We will also engage additional 1,000 facilitators, who will be trained in basic skills and techniques in the teaching of adult education. I encourage residents of Lagos to take this opportunity to learn,” the governor said.