Enugu Enacts Law To Boost Literacy And Reduce Poverty
A bill has been passed by the State House of Assembly that will strengthen the Enugu State Agency for Mass Literacy through Adult and Non-formal Education.
The bill was unanimously passed by the house after its third reading on Tuesday.
The Speaker of the House, Mr Edward Ubochi, explained that passage of the bill will bring education to the less educated and make citizens literate.
The Leader of the house, Mr Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, said the earlier law had given so much power to the agency to the extent that it was not under any obligation to report to anyone while carrying out its duties.
"It appears the power of this agency is so much, being that they do not report to anybody, but no matter how one is highly placed, there should be checks and balances so that things do not go out of hands," he said.
Another lawmaker, Mr Matthew Ugwueze said that with the amendment of the bill, the programme would no longer be restricted to only two zones, Enugu and Nsukka.
Ugwueze said the proposed creation of additional zones to benefit from the programme is due to increase in population.
The lawmaker listed the four zones in the bill that will need the Governor’s assent to include Agbani, Obollo-afor, Udi and Awgu.
"There was the need to amend the bill because education was very important in everyone’s life,” he explained.
Mr Ugwueze further told the News Agency of Nigeria that the amendment would also make the agency to report their activities to the state commissioner for Education for monitoring.
Mr Chukwuemeka Ogbuabor added that the bill would go a long way to strengthen administrative and accountability in the management of the agency.