- Yoruba language to be made compulsory in schools
- Stakeholder thinks this is a way to save language
Top traditional rulers in the western part of Nigeria are to grace a one-day stakeholders' meeting aimed at making the teaching of Yoruba language compulsory in all public and private schools in Lagos.
Chairman, committee on Education of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Lanre Ogunyemi, stated this Monday afternoon at a press conference attended by Legit.ng.
The stakeholders' conference is to hold on June 2, 2016.
Ogunyemi listed the first-class traditional rulers to be in attendance to include the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, the Awujale of Ijebuland, Sikiru Adetona, the Alake of Egbaland, Michael Adedotun Gbadebo, the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, and others.
Ogunyemi said it had become important for schools in the state to begin the teaching of the language to avoid it going into extinction.
Among the three major ethnic languages in Nigeria, Ogunyemi said it was only the Yoruba language that constantly suffered.
The lawmaker, who recently visited schools in the state, said the House would make effort to see that graduates of the language are employed in the schools in the state.
The effort is one way to boost employment, he said.
For schools which may protest this move, he referred such to the National Policy on Education which makes it compulsory for pupils and students to learn a native language warning that such schools could have their certificates withdrawn.
He said another advantage of this is to produce residents who can work in media houses where native languages are important.
Ogunyemi mentioned the guest speaker as Professor Akinwunmi Isola, who has for many years promoted indigenous languages. Other specialists in the language would also have the opportunity to speak.
The legislator added that each of the traditional rulers as well as the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, would speak with the guests at the event.