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60 million illiterates, 22 miliion blind. So what % is productive????

http://www.guardiannewsngr.com/breaking_news/article01/270907

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Those statistics are FALSE. Every single one of them.

This is the rubbish that these foools have started. They come in with some dubious figures proclaiming the worst news in order to secure some sort of cooperation, funding, tax exemption etc etc.

For instance. ''There are 60 million adult Nigerians 85% of whom are illiterate.'' That's an outrageously false statistic.

The UN literacy figures place Nigeria at something like 68%, which completely flies in the face of those figures.

And to claim that 22 million Nigerians are blind, is just outrageous. It is a BIG FAT LIE.

22 million is a huge number. If 22 million Nigerians were blind, we would know,  because we would definitely be seeing blind men all over the place. That's 1 out of every 5 or 6 Nigerians!

Where are they all hiding?

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True! i wonder how the came up with those figures- With a population of 140million, how can 22 million or 15.7% be blind. Thats a bogus claim i think!

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22 million Nigerians blind? That's not possible. That would imply that one in 6 Nigerians are blind. What?

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@Orinkala

I feel your pain

@poster

Illitracy is so pervasive in naija that even among people contributing to this thread, you could pick up some confusion and disregard for statistical analysis.

Why would anybody question a UNESCO report without providing their own figure, or try to give other types of silly excuses.

Yes, Rome was not built in a day, but we have not even agreed to build naija.

Until, the powers that be understand the need to build naija, then we can begin estimate time line.

If you deny the exisitence of high rate of illitracy in naija, then you're either limited in your knowledge base, short term politically motivated, or simply evil.

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Part 1.

The fact is the present Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves has no real plan and is just posing and posturing. Because, go back to his state and ask for the realities.

The Governor of the apex bank, talking of Vision 2020, is an ignorant technocrat.

The fact is, majority of the gullible Nigerians are ready to be hoodwinked by anyone with an academic wig and assume that the person is intelligent. But one can be a professor by simple good retention and being smart.

You can cram and cheat your way to the peak of the Ivory Tower.

It is very annoying to be well read, but to lack common sense.

How can we waste millions of dollars on the Nigerian Economic Summit since 1994 to date and these so called educated fools continue to lie to the ignorant masses that Nigeria will be one of the largest economies in the world by 2020.

On which platforms?

Where are the indices?

I have been through all these falsehoods when millions were spent on seminars and workshops and pampering participants, facilitators, coordinators and directors in luxury hotels in Lagos, Calabar, Kaduna and Abuja. Then we fly back or ride in jeeps to our offices to publish reports without substance.

I thought they were really interested in the education and welfare of the masses. But they were only there for the fat fringe benefits and seven-digit salaries to boost their false egos.

Even the nomadic education project is neglected.

How can we learn from the mistakes of the past when we prefer to repeat them to maintain the false status-quo?

It is business as usual.

Life goes on.

Ex-governors Dr. Peter Odili and James Ibori misappropriated millions of dollars of the revenue allocations meant for the education sectors in Rivers state and Delta state.

Odili wasted N100 million monthly on the Niger Delta cultists and political thugs for rigging elections in favour of the notorious People's Democratic Party (PDP).

If you go on tour of our public schools, colleges and universities, you will weep for Nigeria.

How can our rulers and their parasites and apologists be so inhuman and wicked?

Yet their pastors, reverend fathers and Imams continue to hobnob with them to collect fat offerings and tithes from them.

Odili gave the Catholic Church in Rivers state, N100 million.

And they never asked him to address the realities in the state until the catastrophic plane crash and you saw how many pupils of Loyola Jesuit College of Abuja who were killed?

Part 2.

There is a very wealthy female top player in Abuja who has a graduate degree in legal studies. But she only hired a Nigerian lawyer to acquire the degree.

Most of our students take the projects of others and dub them and simply make some changes and submit them to the HoDs and the equally questionable HoDs pass them.

The educational system in Nigeria collapsed years ago. And to worsen the critical situation, the same rulers who neglected and destroyed our institutions, misappropriate our revenue allocations to build private universities where they charge exorbitant school fees. But these private universities do not have qualified teaching staff. Because, they simply employ anyone with a college diploma or university degree. Ignorant of the academic fact that having a diploma or degree is not enough to qualify you to teach. You must be qualified to teach, otherwise, you cannot teach. That is why Nigerian univesities are at the bottom of the global rankings for universities. And the most annoying is the ill-conceived competition among the religious organizations to set up their own denominational universities, but they lack the qualified academic and administrative staff to provide the high standard of education our children need to succeed in the fast developing world.

May the Almighty God punish all these unrepentant evil and wicked enemies of our progress in the corridors of power, in churches and mosques.

If I have my way, I will shoot all of them.

Because they have wasted millions of lives of the majority of the Nigerian population.

Our rulers and their hypocritical ministers of God and Imams cheat, deceive and exploit the poor masses to go to the useless public schools while they use our revenue allocations and offerings and tithes to send their own children to Ivy League schools in Nigeria, America, UK and other developed countries.

One of the most celebrated "Christian" ministers sent their children to the US and then turn around to pay lip service and eye service to their congregations.

God said He will cut off all lying lips and overthrow the wicked.

May God use me to cut off all these liars and overthrow the wicked rulers and their collaborators in government, clergy and the laity.

University of Ibadan was ranked 44th in Africa and none of the so called Christian and secular universities made the top 50 in Africa. But they will pay hundreds of thousands of naira to advertise lies on the pages of The Guardian, The Punch, Daily Sun and other newspapers that they are providing world class education.

God will punish all of them from Lagos to Okada to Otta to Adamawa to Abuja.

God forbid evil!

Tuffia!

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Why come up with that as an excuse?? Nigeria is 47 years old today, The illiteracy number was LOWER back when the country was younger. Come on!!! It did not get better, it actually GOT WORSE is the point here,

Kobojunkie

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statistics/discourse is questionable. How can you vouch for the veracity of this report?

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@davidylan

If we had all those percentages of illiteracy 2 b grade 2 teachers, we wont even b complaining, at least they can read n write. The problem is education has always been the least priority of successive governments from the word go.

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does that mean, it have to take Nigerians (100million) years or more to build one house. why it took other nations less than 20yrs to finished their Rome.

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@poster

Rome was not built in a day

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is this a surprise to anyone? That's what you get when you fill the corridors of power witih cattle rearers whose idea of education is no better than a grade 2 teacher training certificate.

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Surprised?

Why?

After so many years of being ruled by illitrate dictators, I'm even surprised illitracy is not higher in Nigeria.

Though he was not a dictator, Shagari started the downward turn in Nigerian educational standards.

Then Buhari, then the man the put the final nail on the Nigerian educational sysytem: Babangida.

He took Nigerians back so many years- educationally, that it would probably take long to reverse this ugly trend.

Babangida not only stole the June 12 election, but many did not also realise that he also stole our nations future to compete, educationally.

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