[lg policy] Nigeria: FG inaugurates committee for language policy development

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Thu Apr 19 10:18:15 EDT 2018

 FG inaugurates committee for language policy developmentApril 19, 2018

Clement Idoko-Abuja <http://www.tribuneonlineng.com/author/toba/> Education
inaugurates committee for language policy

[image: FG president buhari]The Federal Government has formerly inaugurated
the National Technical Committee for the development of Language Policy for
Nigeria to preserve Nigeria’s indigenous languages.

Malam Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education who inaugurated the committee
in Abuja, said the National Language Policy is to enable government create
conducive atmosphere for the preservation of indigenous languages, as well
as determine how language skills are developed and deployed to achieve
national goals.

He said the National Language Policy could not be taken for granted,
because it would produce a workable document that will promote enable the
Nigerian child grow up multilingual.

Adamu also said that a well articulated language policy would 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.

Arabic is the official language of most North African countries and the
Middle East.

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The minister commended members of the committee and expressed the
ministry’s gratitude for accepting to partner, explaining that their
nomination was based on their wealth of experience in linguistic and
educational matters.

Speaking earlier, the representative of the Permanent Secretary of the
Federal Ministry of Education, Director ICT, Dr Ifegwu Oji, said the
importance of Language Policy for Nigeria cannot be overemphasised,
explaining that the policy will not only encourage linguistic diversity and
multilingual education, but will also create better awareness of linguistic
and cultural traditions.

He noted that it would assist in regulating and enabling the effective
utilisation of languages for the achievement of national goals.


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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