FG inaugurates committee on language policy
The Federal Government has inaugurated a National Technical Committee for the development of language policy in an effort to preserve Nigerian indigenous languages.
Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said in a statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Mrs Priscila Ihuoma, that the National Language Policy was also to enable government create conducive atmosphere to determine how language skills are developed and deployed to achieve national goals.
Adamu, who spoke at the inauguration of the committee in Abuja, stressed that National Language Policy cannot be taken for granted as it will produce a workable document that will promote, and enable the Nigerian child grow up multi lingual.
He expressed confidence that a well-articulated language policy will enhance the international status of Nigeria, as Hausa is spoken in all Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, even in Central Africa and Cameroon, while Yoruba is spoken in Benin Republic and the Diaspora.
The minster also noted that Arabic is the official language of most North African countries and the Middle East.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, represented by the Director of ICT, Mr. Ike Orji, said the language policy will not only encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education, but also create better awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions.
Echono noted that the policy would further assist in regulating and enabling the effective utilization of languages for the achievement of national goals.