From Godwin Agia, Jalingo
The Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), in collaboration with the Taraba state Agency for Mass Education on Thursday graduated the first set of Adult literacy in Taraba.
Dr. Augustina Godwin, Taraba state Commissioner for education while commending VCDP and the agency for their decision to ensure adult literacy in Taraba, described education as the bedrock of socio economic development of every progressive minded society.
The commissioner who was represented by the permanent secretary ministry of education Taraba, Alhaji Idris Goje noted during the event in Jalingo that the Value Chain Developments programme and the State Agency For Mass Education’s idea to ensure adult literacy, was a boost to governor Agbu Kefas’s education revolution agenda.
Alhaji Goje, on behalf of the commissioner, appealed for sustainability of the program, as it’s contributions are life changing driving, and capable of eradicating poverty in the state
“I salute your initiative to educate the adults in Taraba. This idea is a boost to governor Agbu Kefas’s education revolution agenda for Taraba, and I encouraged the graduands not to relent but continue with their educational pursuits.
“I wish to appealed for the sustainability of this program since it’s contributions are capable of eradicating poverty in Taraba”. The commissioner noted.
Earlier, Dr. Fatima Aliyu, the Programme national coordinator while delivering her welcome address, disclosed that VCDP was not only support Agricultural production but also carrying out programs to empower women and youth in the state.
Aliyu who was represented by Dr. Musa Dalang, also noted that, VCDP found it necessary to sensitized and encourage the adult on the need to acquire adult literacy, since it will broaden their knowledge on activities and programmes of Value Chain Development Programme, and also gain more knowledge on happenings in the society.
Meanwhile the state commissioner for Agriculture and Food security Prof. Nicholas Namessan, represented by the State VCDP project coordinator, Mr. Irimiya Musa as well as the executive secretary, Taraba state Mass Education Board, Mr. Obadiah Andrew, both expressed that literacy was not limited to educating the people on the unique tool of how to read and write but also comprises the societal development knowledge acquisition.
They called on the general public who cannot read and write in Hausa and English language to avail themselves for vocational and functional skills training by the programme.
People’sdaily reports that, 70 participants from the Howai VCDP adult literacy center and Wuro serve VCDP literacy center were graduated from the adult literacy school Taraba which started in 2022.