[lg policy] Nigeria: NERDC Inaugurates Language Policy Committee

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 15 14:16:10 UTC 2010

NERDC Inaugurates Language Policy C’ttee
>>From Bukola Olatunji in Abuja, 07.15.2010

Following a roundtable of stakeholders on the development of a
language policy aimed at sustaining the country’s 500 languages, which
was organised by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development
Council (NERDC) recently, the Council has inaugurated a 21-member
National Technical Committee on the Development of a National Language
Policy. Executive Secretary of NERDC, Prof. Godswill Obioma, who
inaugurated the committee in Abuja yesterday said it has three months
to develop a Draft National Policy, which should lead to the
production of “a Language Policy for Nigeria that is comprehensive,
simple, well articulated, well structured, implementable and
acceptable nationally.”

The committee is chaired by a Board member of the NERDC and President
of the Linguistic Association Nigeria (LAN), Prof. Halliru A. Amfani.
Other members, representing the six geo-political zones were drawn
from the French and Arabic Language Villages, NERDC, LAN members in
universities and colleges of education, other professional experts as
well as the Ministries of Education, Information and Culture and
Tourism. Amfani said the committee will consult with stakeholders in
the six-geopolitical zones for input into the document.


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