(Xinhua) -- The Nigerian government Thursday
reaffirmed its commitment to the promotion of reading culture in
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu,
who made this known in Abuja, the nation’s capital, said it was
imperative for Nigerians to cultivate a positive attitude to
He spoke at the Grand Finale of the
2017 Readership Promotion Campaign of the National Library of
Nigeria in Abuja.
The minister told his audience that
the ministry had partnered with the National Action Committee on
Read Campaign, adding that this partnership had yielded
According to him, readership promotion
is a strategy which will address the issue of falling standard
of education in the country.
Adamu also urged Nigerians to
encourage shared reading, saying that children should be
educated on the importance of books and reading to their
education and future lives.
He called on civil servants to
cultivate the habit of diligently reading letters, memoranda,
reports and minutes given to them to handle as this would boost
their career development.
In his remarks, the Minister of
Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the importance of
reading in any nation could not be overemphasized.
Mohammed said a nation whose citizens
have lost interest in reading would be backward in development.
“It is worthy to note that knowledge
is power and most of the ideas that rule the world today are
all written in book form for us to figure them out,” he
“Hence, there is an urgent need for us
to promote the culture of reading in our country,” the
Nigeria’s illiteracy rate
(Xinhua) -- Nigeria’s Minister of Education Adamu
Adamu Thursday warned the country of its alarming illiteracy
rate, put at up to 75 million out of a population of more than
180 million, representing a rate of around 41 percent.
Speaking in northern Kebbi State
during a courtesy call on Governor Atiku Bagudu, the minister
described the figure as unbecoming and high, considering the
The minister led delegates to the
state for a two-day International Literacy Day conference
organized by the National Commission for Mass Education.
“Education is the bedrock of any
country’s development and any country that does not educate
its populace is bound to fail,” he added.
“Unfortunately, in Nigeria we have a
very large population of illiterates; the illiterates
figure, considering our population, is unbecoming,” he said.
Adamu said the federal government was
targeting educating out-of-school children, noting that this was
part of its strategic plan to reduce the number of illiterates
in the country.
On his part, Governor Bagudu
attributed the high illiteracy rate in northern Nigeria to Boko
Haram insurgency, saying that many of the sect’s followers only
knew the Quran but could not interpret and digest its meanings.