Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has pledged to collaborate with the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-formal Education, to eradicate illiteracy in the state.
He made the pledge when the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Professor Abbas Abubakar, paid him a courtesy call at the Benue Peoples House yesterday.
The Governor stressed the value of education to the individual saying it equipped people to do better in whatever undertaking.
He said his administration made education one of its topmost priorities in its five point agenda and promised to support the commission in the execution of its mandate in the state in order to eradicate poverty.
Governor Ortom announced that the Benue Education Project has been established to source funds from private sources to develop the sector saying part of funds realised would be dedicated to adult education.
The Executive Secretary, Professor Abubakar who said over two and half million indigenes of Benue were illiterate solicited the support of the government to reverse the trend.
He appealed to the Governor to assist in the recruitment of more instructors, provision of instructional materials, project vehicles and motorcycles for the Adult and Non formal Education Agency in the state to enhance its work.
The Executive Secretary also urged the government to equip the agency's skills acquisition centers across the state and undertake retraining of its instructors to achieve efficiency.
Governor Ortom also received the Heart Doctors from Greece who were in the state to provide free medical services.