In a concerted effort to combat poverty and illiteracy in Nigeria, the Federal Government has introduced the Literacy Through Economic and Empowerment Strategy (LEES) program in the southwestern region. With the ambitious goal of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty, this initiative seeks to enhance mass literacy and provide essential vocational skills.
During the launch event held at the June 12 Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, Ogun State’s capital, Prof. Simon Ibor Akpama, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Mass Literacy and Non-Formal Education, emphasized the importance of state government support for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s renewed hope agenda. This collaboration is vital in realizing the vision of reducing poverty and illiteracy across the nation.
The LEES program is tailored to augment the vocational education offerings of the National Commission for Mass Literacy and Non-Formal Education (NMEC). It goes beyond teaching individuals how to read and write, extending to equipping them with diverse skills such as tailoring, hairdressing, and catering. Notably, participants are provided with the necessary tools and resources to kickstart their careers in these vocational fields.
Prof. Akpama emphasized that the LEES project is an integral part of the strategy to combat poverty and illiteracy in Nigeria. He explained, “While you are trained in basic literacy, post-literacy, and vocational education, you are simultaneously empowered with valuable skills that can serve as a sustainable source of livelihood. Starter packs and support are offered to help individuals begin their journey towards making meaningful contributions to the nation’s development.”
By promoting mass literacy and imparting practical skills, the LEES program aims to empower Nigerians to break free from the shackles of poverty. The government’s commitment to this initiative demonstrates its dedication to achieving social and economic transformation, ensuring a brighter future for the nation.
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