Abuja: Nigeria is set to make literate around 40 million people in the next four years, a minister said.

Minister for Education Nyesom Wike said the country will target 10 million people yearly.

He said the measure was necessary to address the low literacy rate in the country and its negative implications.

Unesco has designated September 8 to be observed every year as the International Literacy Day.

The beneficiaries of the literacy programme would be those who had been marginalized in the education system by circumstances beyond their control, the minister said.

Vulnerable groups such as young girls, women, nomads, migrants, street children and Quran students known as 'almajiris' would benefit by the programme, he said.

With a population of 158 million, Nigeria has a literacy rate of nearly 70 percent.