The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Lamido Sanusi, on Thursday, decried the low literacy level in the North saying that 93 per cent of female children in the region lacked secondary education. The apex bank boss, who said this at this year’s Isaac Moghalu Foundation Leadership Lecture and Symposium held in Abuja, said the situation, if left unchecked, was detrimental to the economy.
The governor sited Jigawa State, where school completion rate among female is as low as seven per cent as an example. Net enrolment of girls in schools in the country, according to him, is 22 per cent. He said, “In the North-West, 70 per cent of women between 20 and 29 are unable to read, compared to 9.7 per cent in the South West. “Only three per cent of females complete secondary education in the Northern zone. Now how do you build the country when 93 per cent of the girls in the most populous region of the country do not complete secondary schools?
“We are only treating the symptoms and not the ailment. We are spending so much on security compared to education and healthcare services. We cannot succeed in security without fixing the original problems. “If the women are sent to school and they have access to proper healthcare services, there may not be need to spend so much on security.” He described illiteracy among women in the region as frightening, adding that senior female officials in the country had not done enough to assist the women folk.