A group, known as Concerned Literacy Vanguard has called for a critical look into the activities of the Executive Secretary, National Commission For Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education ( NMEC), Professor Abba Haladu , few months to the end of his tenure.
According to a statement made available to journalists in Abuja by the General Secretary of the group, Hameed Hassan, who lamented that NMEC appears to have lost focus, accusing him of abandoning its core mandate and vision of eradicating illiteracy in the country for national development.
The group further alleged that the Executive Secretary “has embarked on opening state offices while he awarded furnishing to his friends and allies, and these offices have not been functional for the past three years, which has resulted in the looting and vandalisation of those properties.” While also procuring items that have no direct effect on literacy eradication in the inline with President Muhammad Buhari’s administration.
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 the country.
“He said the Executive Secretary 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 spell doom for Commission.
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 while also supporting the activities of State Agencies for Adult and Non-Formal Education in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).