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Nigeria’s Indigenous Languages Facing Extinction—Minister

Posted: Feb 27, 2016 at 6:32 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

Nigeria’s indigenous languages could go into extinction due to decline in their usage by the youths, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, the Minister of State for Education, has warned.
Prof. Anwukah raised the concern in a statement issued by the Ministry of Education in Abuja on the occasion of the celebration of International Mother Language Day.
The statement, signed by Mr Agidike Onu, said that the minister expressed concern at the sharp drop in the number of Nigerian youths who were able to read or write in their mother tongues.
“Our youths, especially those living in the urban centres, hardly communicate in their mother tongue.
“I believe that the best way to give our children good knowledge of history, values and tradition is to ensure that they read and write in their own local language.
“Language is the most potent instrument for preserving and developing a people’s cultural heritage,’’ the minister said.
The statement quoted Anwuka as saying that the theme of the celebration, “Quality Education, Language(s) of Instruction and Learning Outcomes” was apt.
“It rightly coincides with the ministry’s effort in ensuring quality in the teaching of Nigerian languages at various levels of education.
“ Nigerian Languages that are taught in schools have become veritable instrument for consolidating language skills and other life coping competences,’’ he said.
The statement quoted Mrs Magdalene Maidoh, Secretary-General, Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO, as saying that the Minister of Education was the president of the commission.
According to Maidoh the President of the Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO has the mandate to coordinate all UNESCO activities in the education sector in Nigeria.
UNESCO proclaimed Feb. 21 of every year as the International Mother Language Day in commemoration of the massacre of Benghali speaking people of Indonesia for defending their mother tongue.