Jigawa Empowers 2,700 Learners with Solar-powered Radio in 108 Centres

Jigawa State Government has empowered 2,700 learners with solar-powered radio sets to ease learning process.

The learners who are part of mass literacy project are scattered across 108 learning centres in the 27 local government areas (LGAs) of the state.

The government has spent N32 million for the 2024 session of the adult radio literacy programme.

Executive Secretary of the Jigawa Agency for Mass Education, Dr. Abbas Abubakar, while inaugurating the programme in Dutse, said the initiative’s goal of improving literacy rates across the state, particularly in rural areas.

He emphasized that the programme aims to eradicate illiteracy among adults and boost the overall literacy level of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that each the participants also got learning materials, including primers, from the state government to facilitate the smooth commencement of the programme.

At least 108 communities will host the literacy classes in designated centers, including nomadic communities.

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The programme’s budget covers the cost of airtime on Radio Jigawa, stipends for facilitators, and their training.

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Dr. Abubakar stated that the agency’s goal is to increase the state’s literacy rate from 65% to 71% by the end of the year.

Participants

Muhammad Dubuntu, Leader of the Fulani socio-cultural group Kautal Hore, praised the inclusion of nomads in the literacy initiative.

Alhaji Zaharaddeen Basiru, District Head of Sakwaya, also commended the state government, noting that the programme would help women participants in raising their children properly and securing a brighter future for the beneficiaries.

The leaders advised participants not to sell the provided radio sets and assured the authorities of adequate supervision to encourage dedication to their studies.

A participant, Birni Adamu, expressed gratitude on behalf of the learners, promising their commitment to the programme.

Ibrahim Manama, Special Adviser on Adult Education to Governor Umar Namadi, urged the participants to take their studies seriously as a way of appreciating the government’s efforts.

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