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THE Lagos State Government Agency for Mass Education has rewarded participants of the 2020 quiz competition for adult learners. The quiz which was taken in both English and Yoruba languages had 10 contestants respectively and three people emerged winners in each language. The first position winners in both English and Yoruba languages were both given generators while the second and third positions were presented with double-face gas cookers and a gas cylinders. All other participants and their facilitators were each given a consolation prize of a gas cooker and cylinder. The questions asked during the quiz, titled, Éko nke Koo ranged from Mathematics, English language and Current Affairs. Speaking at the presentation of prizes to the winners, Permanent Secretary, Office of Special Adviser on Education, Mr Waheed Kasali, maintained that for Lagos to attain the smart city status it was necessary that everyone was educated and could communicate properly. “For us to achieve the smart city status, everybody must appear smart and it can be achieved by our ability to communicate; read and write. We need to strengthen the Agency for Mass Education so that they can take education to the informal sector. You can only survive in a mega city if you can communicate, so to write and read is very key.” Director General, Agency for Mass Education, Mrs Oluwakemi Kalesanwo, advised the unlearned adults in the city to seize the opportunity and enroll for the adult literacy centres across the state. She revealed that there were 772 literacy centres in the Lagos State. “We go round to mobilise the people and they are making use of the opportunity because it is free. Our facilitators have a minimum of NCE and are also qualified to teach, encourage the adult learners and motivate them. We gave various prizes to them it is a way of encouraging them and mobilising people to come and learn. If you have anyone who cannot read and write, tell them to come because or you to operate in a smart city you have to be able to write and read,”she said. The first position winner in the English category, Aminat Jankatawi, said she dropped out of school while in JSS2 when her mother died years ago and thereby found this as an opportunity to learn. “I want to encourage everyone out there who cannot read and write to come and join us. We should not think that we are too old to learn,” she advised.