Ezekwesili lauds Lafarge for improving education with literacy competition
November 17, 2017
Ezekwesili made the commendation at the 2017 Lafarge Africa National Literacy Competition held in Lagos.
Ezekwesili also hailed the company for focusing the initiative on public primary schools.
She called on the private and public sectors including religious organisations to team up and develop education in Nigeria
Ezekwesili said that human beings could become a liability if poorly educated.
Mr Mobolaji Balogun, the Chairman of Lafarge Africa, said that the country’s literacy level for people aged 15 years and above was 59.6 per cent.
Balogun said that the figure was below the global average of 86.3 per cent and the sub-Saharan African average of 64 per cent.
He said that interventions such as the Lafarge National Literacy Competition would help to improve the situation.
The chairman urged all stakeholders in education to devote more time and resources to improve its quality.
Mr Michel Puchercos, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, applauded the finalists for putting up good performances throughout the competition.
“For an initiative that started as a reading project across the five locations where Lafarge Africa is present, the competition has grown into a national event.
“Our overall target is to lay a solid foundation for improving the literacy level across the country”, Michel said.
Mrs Folashade Ambrose-Medebem, the Lafarge Director of Communications, Public Affairs and Sustainable Development, said, “The competition seeks to touch lives of our diverse people in a sustainable way.”
Ambrose-Medebem said that Lafarge Africa was pleased with the positive impact made by the competition since 2014 when it started.
According to her, more than 2,700 pupils in public primary schools took part in the competition, while more than 300,000 pupils in 244 local government areas had been positively impacted on by the competition.
She noted that the competition was one of the initiatives of the company to support government efforts in raising the standard of English Language in public primary schools.
According to her, the initiative is in line with the company’s 2030 sustainability strategy plan with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for all.
She said that the competition targeted pupils from nine years old to 13 years old.
Ambrose-Medebem said that competition was organised with support from state Universal Basic Education Boards and the Ovie Brume Foundation – Lafarge Africa’s implementation partner.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Edo emerged winners of the 2017 Lafarge National Literacy Competition.
Ondo emerged second while Kano and Gombe secured third and fourth positions, respectively.
The other finalists are Plateau, Anambra, and Gombe.