The Federal Government of Nigeria through the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education has urged Nigerians to embrace the use of local languages in education and literacy.
According to the commission, the embrace of local languages in Nigeria was necessary to have a more literate and sustainable society.
Prof. Abba Haladu, the Executive Secretary of the commission, made this known in Abuja during the week to mark the 2019 International Literacy Day.
“We solicit for more support and commitment from all the tiers of government, development partners, the private sectors and non-governmental organisations in tackling the literacy challenges in the country.
“I urge Nigerians to embrace the use of local languages in education and literacy as key towards a more literate and sustainable society,” he stated.
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organisation, September 8 of every year was declared the International Literacy Day in 1966.