Wife of the Kano State Governor, Dr. Hafsat Ganduje, on Wednesday expressed the state government’s commitment to ensuring increased literacy and skill development among its people.
Ganduje, who was represented by Hajia Zuliat Ahmed, a lecturer in the Department of English, Federal College of Education, Kano, said this during the 2018 International Literacy Day Celebration hosted by the state government.
She said the state government had equipped literacy centres and empowered many women in the states through various skills acquisition programmes.
“The generation approach to literacy and skills development is a well thought idea considering the gap that exists between literacy and the need for livelihood skills for self employment.
“If at least 750 million people lack literacy skills globally, and two thirds of them are women that indicates how serious the situation is and in Africa the situation will be a lot worse.
“Kano state government is determined to creating enabling environment by reinforcing the mass education industry with all it takes, by providing adequate materials to all the literacy centres in the state.
“The government has also paid allowances to literacy facilitators on regular basis and at the same time approved standing order for the settlement of allowances for the first time in the state.
“The administration has mounted numerous empowerment programmes for women in the state aimed at improving their family well being.
“ This administration initiated women empowerment programme through municipal solid waste management which involves 500 women and 60 mini truck disposal.
“In the same vein 5200 women were trained on cookery with a seed capital ofN10, 000 each to start their business.
“The government has also trained more than 10,000 women on various skills trade such as leather works, tailoring , poultry and many more were giving spaghetti and spinning machines across the state.”
She expressed the hope that the Day would bring together all mass literacy stakeholders to collaborate and pool resources to tackle illiteracy in Nigeria and Africa at large.
Speaking at the event, Hajiya Hadiza Aminu, Executive Secretary, State Agency for Mass Education, Kano state, said that one of the greatest achievements of the state government in mass education was the construction of the International skills acquisition centre in the area.
According to her, the centre has 22 departments and 22 vocational skills that will be taught youths in Kano.
“`If I say our Governor is an educator, you can be sure that definitely education will move to a higher level in the state,’’ she stated.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme for this year’s Literacy Day celebration is `Literacy and Skills Development’.
The day is celebrated on Sept. 8 every year as declared by UNESCO. 2018 marks the 52nd anniversary of the Day.