Nigeria: scholar stresses need for development of Nigerian languages

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Sun Sep 24 13:12:12 UTC 2006

Scholar harps on foreign language, education policy

 Saturday, Sep 23, 2006

A don, Prof. Bade Agboola, has stressed the need for the development of
Nigerian languages as a medium of instruction in schools. Agboola told our
correspondent in Gwagwalada, that the use of such languages would pave way
for good understanding among students. He observed that applying
foreign-oriented policies on education had not assisted the sector.
Education has not been given appropriate environment to influence
development in the country, he said.

Agboola said the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was not a purely
Nigerian agenda as well as the education-for-all scheme. He explained that
the programmes had targets which could hardly be achieved, considering the
dwindling nature of the nations economy. Nigeria can not be away from
global civilisation, but we need to fix our society to the global
phenomenon, he said. Agboola urged the government to provide enough funds
for education to allow for research and motivation of teachers. He
suggested that education should be viewed as a means to evolve creative
jobs and develop human capital that would influence development and not a
means to obtain government job.


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