Maladministration in NMEC responsible for upsurge in adult illiteracy, out of school children

Few months to the end of the tenure of the Executive Secretary of National Commission For Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education (NMEC), Prof. Abba Haladu, a group, Concerned Literacy Vanguard (CLV) has demanded for his removal, raising the issue of accountability.

The group further expressed concern that the neglect of the agency core vision has led to an upsurge in adult illiteracy level which has further increased the level of out of school children in Nigeria.

General Secretary of the group, Hameed Hassan, said in a statement Sunday in Abuja that the NMEC has abandoned its core mandate and vision of eradicating illiteracy for national development.

The agency was established in 1991 to train middle and lower level adult personnel in the country and to develop and produce teaching and learning materials in literacy and Non- Formal Education.

The Commission supervises and supports the activities of state agencies for Adult and Non-Formal Education in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

But the statement alleged that currently NMEC under Professor Haladu was only interested in procurement and award of phoney contracts.
The group further alleged that the Executive Secretary has embarked procuring items that have no direct effect on literacy eradication in the country.

“The NMEC has also stopped the commission’s networking platforms of mobilizing stakeholders and state governments to enhance their participation in adult education that would have further contribute to the eradication of illiteracy.”

The faulted the Execitive Secretary of NMEC for non regular  meeting of the Commission 
“He goes against the financial rules and guidelines of the federal government, even after approvals has been given by the National Assembly on particular projects.

“With the mismanagement of the commission so far, an extension of his tenure of office for another four years would further ridicule the commission,as he  has no good intentions for the Commission and it’s Staff.”

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