A former senate president, Senator Bukola Saraki, has called on the government at all levels, to provide better educational infrastructure, facilitate educational learning in schools across the board, and limit the level of illiteracy in the country.
Saraki who made this call, while speaking via his X handle on Friday, to join the rest of the world, in celebrating World Literacy Day, noted that an estimated 31 per cent of Nigerians, are illiterate.
According to him, the level of illiteracy in the country, calls for concern and a serious challenge, which must be addressed if the country is to achieve its full potential as a nation.
The former governor of Kwara state, who claimed to have always believed that literacy is not just about reading and writing, noting that it is also about learning, empowerment, opportunity, and above all, growth and development, said people are more equipped to make decisions, improve their lives and communities when they are literate.
“An estimated 31 per cent of Nigerians are illiterate. This is a major cause for concern and a serious challenge that must be addressed if we are to achieve our full potential as a nation.
“I have always believed that literacy is not just about reading and writing; it is about learning. It is also about empowerment, opportunity, and, most of all, growth and development.
“When people are literate, they are better equipped to participate in society, make informed decisions, and improve their lives and their communities.
“This is why today, on #InternationalLiteracyDay, I am joining stakeholders across the nation and the world to call for better educational infrastructure, the inclusion of technology and innovation in our teaching methods, and the use of deliberate motivational strategies that will inspire our children to learn!” he wrote.