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Population: Nigeria, 8 other countries hold meeting

Abuja—Nigeria and eight other countries are to hold a meting of the Highest Nine Populated Countries on June 21 in Abuja, Alhaji Jibrin Paiko, Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Mass Education has said.

Speaking in an interview with newsmen weekend in Abuja, Paiko named the countries coming for the E-Nine meeting as India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Mexico, Egypt, Bangladesh, Brazil and China.

He said the meeting was aimed at sharing best practices between member-countries, whose populations were mostly illiterate on ways of providing adult and non-formal education for such citizens.

The Executive Secretary said the countries met in 1993 in Bali, Indonesia, with the aim of providing assistance to those who were out of school, especially women and exploring ways of developing member nations.

Paiko said it was the first time the meeting was coming to Africa and that the Federal Ministry of Education in collaboration with UNESCO was planning to make it successful.

He said many committees had been set up by the ministry and that a documentary on adult literacy activities was being produced by the commission.

He said that six states from the country’s geo-political zones would participate in an exhibition during the event.

He said the meeting, to be declared open by President Goodluck Jonathan, would have 12 states participating.

Paiko also said the commission had between 2006 and 2009 received support, especially from the MDGs Debt Relief Fund for its literacy advocacy programmes.


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