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FG launches literacy strategy programme in South-West


The Federal Government has launched the Literacy Through Economic and Empowerment Strategy programme in the southwest to boost mass literacy and lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.

The LEES programme is an initiative designed to help people learn to read and write while also providing them with vocational skills such as tailoring, hairdressing, and catering. 

After completing the programme, participants are given tools and equipment to start their own businesses.

The Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Mass Literacy and Non-Formal Education, Prof. Simon Ibor Akpama, on Friday called on the state governors in the southwest to support the LEES programme and help to reduce illiteracy and poverty in the region.

We have several programmes targeted at reducing illiteracy in the country; among these are basic literacy, post-literacy as well as vocational education programmes which are meant to equip youths and adults with entrepreneurial skills.

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“The whole idea behind this LEES project is that while you are trained on how to read and write, you are also armed with vocational skills that can serve as a veritable source of livelihood and you are supported with starter packs to take off and begin to make meaningful contributions to the development of our dear nation.

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“The focus of this achievement-driven government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu under his Agenda for Renewed Hope is to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty. This is part of what we are aligning with through the resources provided by the Federal Ministry of Education.

“After these people have been trained in different skills under our vocational education programmes, we felt that if they are just trained without being equipped we might as well be aggravating further the challenge of unemployment and poverty in the country.” he said.

The LEES programme has already been launched in five other regions of Nigeria. The Federal Government hopes that the programme will help to reduce illiteracy and poverty throughout the country.


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