Experts want FG to draw promotional programmes for indigenous language




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ABUJA – Some culture experts on Monday called on draw up  promotional programme for Nigerian indigenous languages.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Abuja that the progrmmes would help reviving languages and stop them going into extinction.

The Coordinator of a non-governmental organisation, Good Access, Mrs Adama Ahmed, warned against the looming extinction of Nigerian languages failure of speaking the languages.

Ahmed stressed the need for parents speak the language as non-speaking of the language was capable of wiping it.

The coordinator of the non-governmental organisation said the country would achieve a greater level of using the mother tongue.

She suggested that the government make the of the three Nigerian indigenous languages compulsory the primary school level higher institutions.

“This is to ensure that the younger generation understands the language from the early state of their lives.

“As a matter of fact, it will also ensure the promotion of easy communication among the various ethnic groups the country,’’ she said.

Mr Stephen Adeolu, Coordinator, Global Vision, decried the spate at which the elites view their languages as inferior to the foreign language.

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Adeolu noted that most elites did not consider speaking their indigenous languages their homes neither do they train their children with it.

According to him, indigenous languages be made as a medium of instructions in as this will the of languages in Nigeria.

“It will be very good if the higher institutions can make compulsory the of the indigenous languages as one of its general courses.

“This will give Nigerians students the opportunity of learning the culture of ,’’ Adeolu said.

He said language was a versatile medium binding with common mother tongue and noted that globalisation had eroded the country’s culture.

“Advancement in technology also required a progressive indigenous language society.’’

This, he said, would be obtained through of learning that would facilitate the speaking of mother tongue.

He, however, called on parents, especially mothers, to encourage the teaching of local languages for its speedy revival. (NAN)

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