Nigeria’s illiterate Adults’Population Worries World Bank


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Nigeria’s illiterate Adults’Population Worries World Bank
Posted on: October 21, 2013, 06:12:42 PM
The World Bank has expressed concern at the growing population of illiterate adults in Nigeria, which has been put at 46 million. The figure puts Nigeria in the category
of 10 countries of the world with more
than 10 million illiterate adults whose
ages range from 15 years and above.
The bank stated this in a document
packaged for its State Education Investment Project, which would
provide $150m credit facilities to
Anambra, Bauchi and Ekiti states, in
collaboration with the Federal
It said poverty was still significant in Nigeria despite the nation’s strong
economic track records and that
addressing the trend would require
strong non-oil growth and a sustained
focus on human development.
It added that Nigerians “are relatively poor, with about 46 percent of the
population living in absolute poverty
and there is high inequality.”
The document added that “Nigeria still
faces considerable human
development challenges, with poor human development indicators, high
regional disparities, and huge pockets
of extreme poverty, ranked 156 out of
187 countries on the Human
Development Index”
Speaking at the formal inauguration of the State Education Investment Project
in Abuja on Friday, the Acting Country
representative of the World Bank, Mr.
Sateh El-Arnaoyi, noted that Nigeria
could only ensure a sustainable
growth with massive investment in education.
The country’s university gates have
been closed since July 1, 2013 when
lecturers embarked on an indefinite
strike to protest poor infrastructure
and non payment of their allowances. El-Arnaoyi also said the SEPIP was
designed to address issues of
mobilising resources for human capital
development, compulsory basic
education, teacher deployment, and
accountability aimed at complementing the programmes and
priorities of the three participating
He said the World Bank finance of $
150 in credit would be made available
to the Federal Government, which will in turn disburse to the participating
states to support their educational
He said the states were selected
through transparent criteria, reforms,
adherence to World Bank projects, political commitment to reforms, fiscal
responsibility act and geo-political
Minister of Education, Ezenwo Wike,
said the implementation of the project
would be closely monitored by his ministry. He commended the World
Bank’s role in advancing the cause of
qualitative education in Africa.

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